About the Match
Having won 13 points each in the Group C matches so far, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan will fight for a place in the semi-finals on Aug 18 at Bristol. While Glamorgan registered a close win against Middlesex recently, Gloucestershire suffered a disappointing loss to the latter by D/L method in a rain-affected match. With only 2 matches to go, Gloucestershire has to ensure a win in this crucial match, whereas Glamorgan has 3 more matches to play. Moreover, their 11-run victory over Middlesex has lifted the team’s spirits and they are hungry to bounce back as top contenders for the semi-final spot.
The recent loss to Middlesex has dented the spirits of the Gloucestershire team, who were hoping to book a semi-final berth. Clinging on to this hope by a thread, Gloucestershire needs to score an emphatic win over Glamorgan if they want to keep their campaign alive. Captain Klinger is in good form with his recent 46 off 76 balls against Middlesex that kept the scoreboard ticking for his team. Supported well by Cockbain and later Howell down the order, Klinger was looking good to win the match against Middlesex but for the cruel rains. The disciplined bowling team led by Fuller and Payne needs to show results and support their batsmen in order to win this tough match. We need to wait and watch as to what tricks Klinger has up his sleeves to put up a winning show on this one.
After their close win against Middlesex on Wednesday and a thrilling 1 wicket victory over group leaders Somerset earlier on, Glamorgan is all set to make a dashing entry into the semi-finals. Simon Jones bowled superbly and took two key wickets at a crucial juncture. Having contributed well with the bat, he has hit the winning runs in an earlier match against Somerset. Cosker, with his 3-32 and Allenby taking two more wickets, the Middlesex batsmen struggled to steady their partnerships. Glamorgan triumphed after defending their decent total of 153. They are now competing with Somerset for a spot in the semi-finals and are backed up by some strong batting performances from Rees, Wright and Wagg. Both the batting and bowling squads are doing well and they need this win to move up the table.
The match is set to be a battle between the in-form batsmen of Gloucestershire and the tight bowling unit of Glamorgan. The Gloucestershire team will not go down without a fight and will come out with all guns blazing. Glamorgan on the other hand has a more powerful team to combat their opponents and with 2 more matches to play after this, they are better placed to move up the group. Both teams look equally matched, but we feel that pressure will play an important role in deciding the fate of the teams. Though their performances have been similar throughout the tournament, this match looks an easy win for the superior Glamorgan Team.
Glamorgan, 2.00 @ Bet365