About the Match
Its early days in Friends Life T20 and things are beginning to get interesting. Now we have Glamorgan Dragons taking on Warwickshire Bears on July 3rd, 2013 at Cardiff at 5:30pm GMT. Both the teams would be hoping to get farther than they did in last season. Neither of the teams managed to get past Group Stage in previous edition of this T20 competition. Glamorgan has already registered a win to their name in the only game played by them, and on the contrary, the Bears are yet to get on the field.
Glamorgan got off to a terrific start in this competition, beating Worcestershire by a whopping margin of 57 runs. Each batsmen of their top order got the chance to bat and neither of their batsmen wasted it. Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace put together 42 runs in four overs before Jack Shantry got rid of Wallace. Chris Cooke did not let this solid yet quick start go waste as he slammed 57 off just 27 balls. Skipper Marcus North played an important little cameo of 21 to finish the innings off. Their bowling did splendidly well as Worcestershire rolled out for just 102. Graham Wagg produced an excellent spell of five wickets for fourteen and was named Player of the Match. Considering the form their players are in, it would be tough for any side to get past them.
The Bears would be playing their first game of Friends Life T20 and would be looking to get off to a winning start. Their overall limited overs campaign this season hasn’t been good as they’ve won just one game out of eight played this season. Their top order has failed to fire in this season and it is evident from the fact that no one has got past 65 runs. The absence of English stars in Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Boyd Ranking would certainly hurt. However, they still have the services of match-winning players like Chris Woakes, Darren Maddy and Irish skipper William Porterfield. They’ve had a poor season so far, but they’d be looking to bring change to that and if their top order fires, they can surely trouble other sides in the competition.
The Dragons are currently sitting pretty at the top of the table and to stay there, they’d have to win this game as well. The Warwickshire Bears would love to change their fortune as far as limited overs cricket is concerned and a win here would be the best possible start to it. Can The Dragons defeat the bears at their home ground to stay at the top of the table? Glamorgan certainly has the players in form, be it bowling or batting. On the other hand, Warwickshire’s top order is struggling for runs and some big players are not available. The home advantage is with Glamorgan and I believe that they’d greet their home crowd with a victory in this game.
Glamorgan Dragons @ 2.10 William Hill