About the Match
With 11 points in their bag, Glamorgan is in the 2nd position in the South Group of the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast and will take on third-place holder Sussex on 7th July at Cardiff. The visitors have 10 points after 7 outings and they have recently won the game against Middlesex by 7 wickets after chasing down 147 runs with ease; Glamorgan on the other hand, have played just 7 games so far, losing only one of those which was against Essex after failing to defend a lowly 140 runs. Both teams are facing each other for the first time this season and they will be geared up to dominate on the field; the team that can do well in all departments of the game will have an upper hand to win.
The bowlers have been in tremendous form and picking up wickets consistently; speedsters Dale Steyn, Timm van der Gugten, Craig Meschede and Michael Hogan bring their pace skills to the table and can demolish the strongest of opponents. Spinner Cosker and medium-pacer Graham Wagg add depth to the attack and with their variations stifle the Sussex batting line-up here on Thursday.
In the match against Surrey, Steyn registered a superb figure of 2-20 in 4 overs while Cosker and Wagg were economical and picked up 2 wickets apiece. Gugten, Hogan and Meschede claimed a wicket each and they got the opponents all-out for just 110 runs, which the batsmen Colin Ingram and Rudolph chased down easily with more than 4 overs to spare. While Ingram posted a superb 73 off 49, Rudolph stood as a steady partner with a well-made 40.
Against Essex however, they had stumbled with the bat as the openers were lost within 3 overs batting first; while Donald helped them steer back to course with a well-made half-century, the 140 runs were impossible to defend against a formidable opposition. Overall, they have a strong batting and bowling outfit that can help them dominate over Sussex in the upcoming match.
Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs was instrumental in demolishing the Middlesex batting line-up, taking 3-24; along with others like spinner Beer and speedsters Kulasekara and Mills, who took 2 wickets each, Sussex managed to contain the opponent to 146 runs. Machan’s superb 41 off 30 took the team safely across the finish line along with good contributions by Taylor, Salt and Luke Wright. This win has surely lifted their spirits and they will be eager to keep the winning momentum going here.
Previously, they lost two consecutive games against Kent and Gloucs, failing on both accounts during run-chase. While the bowlers gave away too many runs leading to a challenging total of 185 against Gloucs, the batsmen couldn’t reach the target of 167 against Kent. Ross Taylor, Wright and Machan are strong assets in the middle but they should perform consistently well to keep the team ahead.
The bowling squad has a good combination of pace and spin; if the batting line-up can hold its nerves together and set up a strong total, then surely the bowlers can help Sussex win here.
They are meeting for the first time and will try to pull off surprises to shake the opponent; although Sussex have played good competitive cricket, Glamorgan have had a better performance this season till now and we feel that they will manage to emerge victorious in the end.