About the Match
Glamorgan meets Gloucestershire for its final league match on 25th July at Cardiff and though it’s the last game for both the teams and Gloucs is out of the next stage, a win for Glamorgan seals its qualification to the quarterfinals with Essex, Hampshire and Surrey, but a loss will leave them with a question mark, depending on the result of the match between Kent and Surrey on the same day. Agony till completion of that match is definitely not something they want and hence will try and win this contest to make it to the next stage.
The earlier encounter on 8th June between these two teams ended without a result due to bad weather, though, Gloucs batting first, made a huge total of 207 for 3 with Klinger and Cockbain in full song. Just before that, Glamorgans won against Somerset by 7 runs on 6th June while defending a well-made 176 for 3, openers Rudolph and Allenby giving a 92 run partnership for opening wicket. Wagg took 3 wickets with Hogan, Sammy, Cosker and Salter bowling a good line and length, restricting Somerset to 169. Allenby has been playing as a very good all-rounder throughout the competition, effective with bat and ball. A classic chase of 184 against Middlesex on 3rd July by a good opening partnership between Rudolph and Allenby and a swash buckling 105 by the latter won them the match with 3 balls to spare losing only 4 wickets. They should repeat such heroics to register a win against Gloucs to ensure their berth for the next stage.
They have won against Sussex on 4th July by 13 runs while defending a small total of 138; Cockbain played a fighting knock of 52 off just 36 balls with 3 sixes to raise a small total of 138 for 7 against Sussex. Through a good performance by their bowlers, Taylor with 3 wickets, Gidman, Paine and McCarter with 2 each, defended and won the match against Sussex at Bristol on 4th July. Gidman and Klinger opened well with 71 off 8.2 overs in their chase of 183 against Essex on 20th Jul at Cheltanham and a good knock of 55 off 23 balls by Dent won them the match with 3 balls to spare losing only 4 wickets. Their loss by 7 runs against Somerset on 11th July while chasing 175 even after a very solid opening stand of 89 runs in 8.5 overs between Klinger and Gidman, was mainly due to the havoc played by Somerset’s Thomas in taking 3 wickets. Gloucs have the resources and capability to spoil the calculations of Glamorgan to make it to the next stage, even though they know that they have no chance of making it. Their inconsistency in delivering is the cause for their low standing in the points table.
While the match will be a well-fought contest between the two sides, Glamorgan will not leave any stone unturned to realize the win in this match.
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