About the Match
Second-place holders in South Group, Glamorgan will take on Yorkshire, who finished third in the North Group, in the 4th Quarter Final of the NatWest T20 Challenge on 11th August at Cardiff. While Glamorgan accumulated 19 points through the league, the Yorks had 16 points in their kitty and made it comfortably to the top four in their group. Both teams are charged up to keep their campaign alive and will leave no stone unturned to make it to the semi-finals.
They haven’t had much action recently on the field since their recent matches were washed away by rain but they had done well throughout the league stage to finish at the second place. Their match against Somerset saw the bowlers putting up a good attack to restrict the opponents to 152; spinner Colin Ingram registered a superb 3-20 and can be a vital asset for the team here. Wagg, Shaun Tait and Timm van der Gugten provided regular breakthroughs with their pace and they bring depth to the attack.
The batsmen then chased down the target successfully thanks to Ingram’s all-round performance that saw him post 54 off 37 and good support by Donald and openers Lloyd and Wallace. In the game against Hampshire however, the middle-order crumbled under pressure and despite a 51-run opening stand between Lloyd and Wallace, they lost the match by 25 runs.
Earlier, the bowlers had done well to stifle the opponents with Wagg finishing with 3-38 and others like Hogan and Meschede taking 3 wickets between them. The bowling unit has been doing well in containing the big runs and can come out with all their firepower on Thursday.
Jack Leaning put up a tremendous show of skills and determination with his well-made 64 from just 29 deliveries against Northants that helped them score 177 runs; Alex Lees led from the front with an inspiring 59 while David Willey and Travis Head tried to keep the scoreboard ticking. The bowlers then came out with pace attack and Bresnan’s 3-15 coupled with Willey’s 2 wickets steered them towards victory by 14 runs. The team has spinners like Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq, who can stifle the opponents in the upcoming match.
In the match against Durham, Adam Lyth was phenomenal with a soaring 87 from 54 deliveries and along with good contributions by Willey, Head and Leaning, they took the scoreboard to a massive 223 runs. Spinner Karl Carver delivered the goods with 3-40 while Rafiq continued his good spell taking 2 vital wickets; speedsters Liam Plunkett, Willey and Rhodes provided regular breakthroughs helping the team pull off a 49-run victory.
The batting line is deep with in-form players like Lees, Jack Leaning, Adam Lyth, Head and all-rounders like David Willey, Bresnan and Plunkett, who can stabilize the innings when needed. With the bowling peaking at the right time, the Yorks could well be the team to look out for here.
Glamorgan and Yorkshire have strong match-winners who have helped their teams reach this stage; while the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that Yorkshire has the edge to win this match