About the Match
After two consecutive victories, Glamorgan is at the top of the table in the South Group of the NatWest T20 challenge; they have 12 points after 9 games and will take on Gloucestershire, who are placed 6th with just 8 points, on 3rd August at Cardiff. The last time these two teams met, Glamorgan had defeated the Gloucs by 25 runs; the latter will be looking for revenge here and a breakthrough to start climbing up the ladder. Recently, Glamorgan won the match against Kent by 25 runs and they are on a winning roll right now; on the other hand, Gloucs lost the match against Hampshire by 24 runs D/L method and need to make a comeback here on Thursday.
Captain Rudolph led from the front in the charge against Kent on Sunday, posting a well-made 77 off 52 to take the total to 199 runs with help from Donald and David Miller, who scored 50 and 43 runs respectively. Later, fast-bowlers like Carey, Merchant de Lange, Meschede and Graham Wagg took consistent wickets to restrict the opposition to 174 and win the match by 25 runs.
In the match against Gloucestershire, the bowlers successfully defended 176 runs, thanks to a wonderful show by Australian pacer Hogan, who took 2-25; others like speedster Merchant de Lange and spinner Colin Ingram contained the run-flow of the opponents and took a wicket each. Other speedsters like Wagg, Tim van der Gugten and Meschede also claimed a wicket each to put the pressure on the Gloucs and win the match by 25 runs.
They have done well so far, maintaining the top position in the South Group and with an all-round performance can surely prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here on Thursday.
Chasing 177 runs against Glamorgan would not have been an uphill task as it later went on to be if players like Mustard, Perera, and Hankins had not fallen cheaply. Michael Klinger led the team from the front, posting a heroic 52 off 34 while Cockbain and Howell supported well with 25+ runs each. However, after the middle-order was dismissed, they hardly put up a fight or steady the innings with good partnerships thereby losing the match by 25 runs.
Earlier, speedsters like David Payne and Perera had taken 2 wickets each to stifle the opponents but with others proving to be expensive, the batting line-up had to face a target of 177. In the last match against Hampshire, Klinger put up an impressive 101 of 58 batting first. His heroics took the team to a respectable 174 runs; however, with the play cut-short due to rain, the bowlers came under tremendous pressure and couldn’t reign in the run-flow of the opponents.
Fast-bowler Matt Taylor was phenomenal with a 2-wicket haul while Perera clinched one wicket; they have a good mix of spin and pace with bowlers like Tom Smith, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Howell, Payne, and Perera, who can try to outwit the Glamorgan batsmen this time around.
The Gloucs have been sliding down on a slippery slope and will be desperate for a win now; Glamorgan, on the other hand, has tasted success several times and would be hungry for more. The match could swing either way on Thursday, but we feel that Glamorgan with the psychological advantage of having defeated the opponent before, is likely to emerge victorious again