About the Match
Glamorgan hosts Leicestershire in a crucial match on August 25 at Swansea, which can potentially take them to the semifinals. Leicestershire, after their shocking defeat to Unicorns are left with only 10 points and have ruined their chances of making it to the final four. Glamorgan has 13 points on the table and have kept their semifinal hopes alive even after their loss to Gloucestershire on Sunday. With just one more match to go after this one, it is an all-important encounter for the hosts to reach the final four. On the other hand, for Leicestershire it’s an opportunity to prove themselves and bow out of the competition in style. It needs to be seen which team performs better on Sunday.
After a narrow loss to Gloucestershire recently, the hosts have to now win both the remaining matches to keep their semi-final dream alive. Though Rees and Wallace built a strong opening partnership that was well supported by the middle order batsmen like Cooke, Allenby and Goodwin, their total of 247 wasn’t enough to stop the Glouces from reaching their target. The bowlers too had a good start with Hogan, Wagg, Cosker and Jones taking two wickets each at regular intervals. However, the opponent batsmen were just too good for Glamorgan’s superb bowling and fielding squad. Experienced bowlers like Simon Jones, Allenby and Hogan need to keep their momentum going and come out strong. The team needs to put this loss behind them and come into this crucial match with a single minded focus of entering the final four.
Their shocking defeat on Sunday against the Unicorns left their fans disappointed as Leicestershire were knocked out of the running for the semi-finals. A poor batting performance and inconsistent bowling led to their massive defeat. Though Cobb and Brien started out strong with the bat, the others struggled and they were bowled out for 217 in 39 overs. Earlier in the innings, the bowling department did well with taking wickets with Thakor taking 2 wickets and Cobb and Ireland also taking a wicket each. However, they gave away too many runs, which ultimately was a huge target for their batsmen to reach. This match is one of the two last group games for the visitors before heading home and they would want to finish their campaign with a huge victory.
This is a crucial do-or-die situation for the Glamorgan team and they will have to battle it out till the finish. The visitors will also look for something to cheer about before bowing out of the tournament. With a lot riding on the home team, Glamorgan must come out with all guns blazing in order to make it to the semifinals. Leicestershire also has a good track record in this season and have surprised their opponents far too often. Backed up by good team performances and game strategy, Glamorgan have the upper hand in this match and I think that they team will come out right on top.
Glamorgan, 1.50 @ Bet365