About the Match
Sussex have so far won only four matches out of the 11 played, collecting only 8 points and are playing against the better placed Glamorgan, who have also played 11 matches but have won five of them collecting 13 points. The two sides clashed earlier at Sophia Garden Cardiff on 30th May, in a reasonably high scoring match, which was a nail biting last ball finish won by Glamorgan chasing a target of 178. Both sides have won fewer and lost more matches played thereafter, demonstrating inconsistency in their performances. Will the Glamorgans repeat their recent win over Surrey or will Sussex turn around its fortunes with a victory here, is something that needs to be seen; whichever side keeps its nerves together will triumph here.
Roy is a consistent opener, whether he combined with Amla or Dilshan, he has been giving a good start to their innings, which has been helping the team in building a challenging total and setting a target or while chasing irrespective of the size. Against the Glamorgans, when they played earlier on 20th June, Roy and Amla made 49 in 5.3 overs and with a superb 55 off 46 balls by Amla and 40 off 22 by O’Brien the team set a target of 165 losing only 5 wickets. Curran was the star of their win by 17 runs, who claimed 3 wickets with Dernbach, Azhar, Peterson and Batty sharing other wickets. Azhar was the performer with the ball against Hampshire on 27th June at Oval with 3 wickets, with Dilshan, Tremlett, Peterson, Batty and Ansari sharing the remaining wickets, restricting Hampshire to 131, which Surrey won by 8 wickets with 36 balls to spare; Again, Roy and Dilshan opened and put up 78 for the 1st wicket in the chase, and Roy went on to score 63 off 25 balls. They lost to Essex on 4th Jul by 5 wickets after setting a target of 165 for 4.
Rudolph and Allenby have proved to be good openers and it was their solid 43 runs opening partnership with 50 off 44 balls with 5 fours by Rudolph, and followed by a blistering knock of 65 off 39 balls with 11 fours and 1 six by Cooke, which mattered in the win against Sussex on 30th May at Cardiff, with the Sussex bowlers failing to make an impact. Rudolph played a pivotal role again hitting 75 off 56 balls in their win against Surrey at Oval on 11th July, setting a formidable target of 192 for 4 with Cooke coming in middle order, hitting 43 off 23 balls. Allenby and Rudolph were ruthless against Middlesex on 3rd Jul, the former smashing 105 off 63 balls in chasing 184, resulting in the win by 6 wickets with 3 balls to spare. Allenby, Hogan, Cosker and Salter need to bring out a more penetrative attack with the ball to contain the opponents.
Though Sussex has the resources and the will to win matches, we feel that the Glamorgan seem to be better equipped to win this contest.
Sussex Sharks, 1.80 @ Titan Bet