About the Match
Glamorgan and Hampshire have both played 7 matches each and have 8 points respectively; the two teams are going up against each other at Cardiff on June 25th in a reverse match, having played the earlier on 16th May at Rose Bowl, Southampton, in which Glamorgan won by 10 runs as Hampshire, on winning the toss, failed to chase 161 runs set by Glamorgan. Hampshire would like to make good of the earlier defeat and square off to stay ahead in the competition.
When the two met earlier, Glamorgan made 161 for 7 after being put into bat, mainly due to a good knock by opener Rudolph and his partnership with Wallace for the 2nd wicket and then Cooke, Goodwin and Wagg coming good with the bat to take the score to 161. Later, in restricting the Hampshire team, Owen was the most successful bowler with 3 wickets, with Salter and Wagg giving good support. They would like to cash in on the psychological advantage over Hampshire to win over the opponent to catch up in the points table. But the latest match they played was against the formidable Surrey at Sophia Garden on June 20th in which they challenged the Surrey team to put up a total and tried to achieve the target without having a matching fire power. Surrey capitalized on the opening partnership between the familiar Roy-Amla combination and O’Brien’s quick fire 40 off 22 balls, which took them to 165 for 5. Salter, Sammy, Wagg, Hogan and Cosker toiled hard without much success, but the failure was by the Glamorgan batsmen as opener Rudolph fell in the 1st over by Dernbach. In-spite of a good knock of 52 from 42 balls by Allenby, Glamorgan could not reach the target and fell short by 17 runs, losing 8 wickets. This loss will weigh heavily on the Glamorgans in their bid to thwart the designs of the Hampshire team.
In the last match they played against each other, Hampshire could not achieve the target mainly due to the failure of the batsmen, who fell at regular intervals due to hostile bowling by Owen, with good support from Salter and Wagg. Hampshire could restrict the Glamorgan to 161 for 7 mainly due to the good work done by Briggs with 3 wickets and back up support by Coles, Dawson and Smith. Abbott and Ervine need to identify the weak points of the Glamorgans to achieve their intention of paying back for the earlier loss; they have the moral advantage of narrow win by 2 runs in the last match against Gloucs on 20th June, with a good knock by Adams and then Smith improving his tally with a 3 wicket haul. Coles and Briggs maintained their good form with the ball causing the end of the Gloucs’ challenge at 178 for 8; they must plan well and execute to perfection to gain superiority over Glamorgan and lead the points table.
Both the teams have seen similar fate in their campaign so far in the tournament. While the Glamorgan team has good resources who are a motivated lot, Hampshire is better placed to win the contest and remain ahead in the points table.
Hampshire Royals, 1.53 @ Bet365