About the Match
Middlesex will compete against Glamorgan on Friday at Cardiff, which is the most successful team of the south group. Middlesex, on the other hand, has had a mixed run so far and are placed at the 5th position with 12 points after their recent win against Gloucestershire. The two teams will lock horns on 18th August 2017. While one team might be looking to test their bench strength the other one will have to come out all guns blazing in order to ascertain a place in the playoffs.
Cardiff has been dreary and wet for most of the matches which had been a bit of an advantage for Glamorgan until this point. Their last match against the Somerset was an absolute thriller in which Marchant De Lange rescued them to take them to a win.
Glamorgan posted a decent total of 183-runs on the board after being put in to bat, thanks to the decent knocks of 66 runs from Nick Selman followed by Colin Ingram who made 35 runs. Somerset at one stage needed only 22 runs off last 18 deliveries, but a fine spell from Marchant de Lange won Glamorgan the match by 1-run.
Glamorgan boast of a pretty impressive batting lineup. Openers Aneurin Donald and Nicholas Selman are in good form in this series. Colin Ingram already has two hundreds to his name in this tournament and with him, Chris Cooke and Jacques Rudolph in terrific touch, their batting line-ups looks extremely tough on paper.
Despite no big names present in the bowling departments, the bowlers have managed to deliver well and with both batting and bowling going for them, it isn’t surprising that they are the top ranked team in their group.
Middlesex handed a 61-runs thrashing in their last match against Gloucestershire, which still keeps them in contention although their hopes hanging by a thin thread. Tim Southee and Steven Finn were brilliant as the duo picked up seven wickets between them to restrict the opponent.
The large win-margin made a massive difference to their Net Run Rate which allowed them to climb to the fifth spot. They’d still need to win big here which still won’t ascertain their qualification, but a loss would certainly take them out of the competition.
Middlesex is having one of the best bowling line-ups in the competition. The same was validated by their performance in the last match and a similar performance in the upcoming game against Glamorgan would certainly make their task a whole lot easier.
With Everything going for them, Glamorgan certainly looks to be a stronger side on paper. Middlesex had a terrific last match and the bowlers are bowling with a nice rhythm. It might well be a contest between Middlesex’s bowling, Glamorgan’s batting, and with the home advantage and overall better performance in the competition, Glamorgan go in as favorites in this match.