About the Match
Glamorgan occupies the 6th position presently with 2 points from 2 matches and will try to improve its standings in the south group of the NatWest T20 Blast when they go up against Hampshire, who also have 2 points from 2 matches and placed 5th position, on 29th May at Sophia Gardens Stadium, Cardiff. Both teams have had a similar run so far in the tournament and suffered defeat against their opponents in the previous matches; both are looking forward to win the upcoming match and grab 2 more valuable points to help them stay ahead of the others. The match is surely going to be exciting and the team that can dominate the other right from the start will emerge victorious on Friday.
Glamorgan lost their second match against Essex by 5 wickets with 14 balls to spare after failing to defend 144 runs on board; the Glamorgan innings started badly but they recovered well after the early loss of Mark Wallace. Jacques Rudolph scored 30 and Colin Ingram made24 runs to build the platform with a partnership of 46 off 33 balls. Cooke went on to post 31 off 30 balls to keep the scoreboard ticking but on the bowling front, only Hogan took 2-19 which wasn’t enough to restrict Essex from reaching the target. Glamorgan’s opening victory against Surrey by 25 runs involved a good show by the batsmen wherein Ingram top-scored with 91 off just 47 balls and Rudolph’s 62 off 39 helped them post their highest T20 total of 240. Cosker took 4-30 as Glamorgan restricted Essex to 215 and won the match convincingly. Overall, the team has explosive batsmen at the top-order with Rudolph and Ingram capable of getting the big runs. Ingram will be a positive influence on the younger players while bowlers Cosker, Hogan, Salter and Meschade are in good form to take enough wickets.
Hampshire suffered defeat against Kent by 5 wickets after setting a competitive total of 172; James Vince blasted 66 off 43 balls while Adam Wheater produced 37 runs to help Hampshire get to the driver’s seat. However, except for Smith who picked up 3-24, the others failed to defend the good work put up the batsmen. In their opening encounter, Hampshire beat Essex by 17 runs wherein Adams’ unbeaten 55 off 25 balls and Carberry’s 36 off 30 balls helped them set up a good target. Bowlers Yasir Arafat picked up 3 wickets while Wood and Briggs picked up 2 wickets each to bowl out Essex for 156 runs. Hampshire will hope to finish the summer on a high and in doing so they might rely again on Jimmy Adams, James Vince and Will Smith, who have all passed the 1,000-run mark last summer. Michael Carberry should be available for all matches this time around while the bowling department looks strong with Yasir Arafat, Will Smith, Wood and Briggs being capable of restricting their opponents from setting high targets or during a chase.
Both teams have had similar fates in their campaigns till now and they will grab this opportunity to get ahead soon. While Glamorgan has good resources who are a motivated lot, Hampshire with their experience and mix of all-rounders are better placed to win the contest and remain ahead on the points table