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|Mujib Ur Rahman||8||7||1||0||114.29|
|Timm van der Gugten||2.0||1||10||1||5.00|
|Mujib Ur Rahman||4.0||1||34||1||8.50|
Two very highly rated teams will be taking on each other in what promises to be an excellent contest. Hampshire reached the semi-final last year and has just won the Royal London ODI competition. There is no doubt that they have a strong white ball team and would love to continue that form into the Vitality Blast 2018 as well. They are starting against another highly favored side in Glamorgan. Semi-finalists last year as well, Glamorgan has assimilated one of the most dangerous batting lineups in this year’s competition.
We are expecting a tightly fought match between two teams likely to be around at the deep end of this tournament.
There is no team which has made more Finals Day appearances than Hampshire has with seven to its name. Adding an 8th will certainly be on its agenda as well after winning the Royal London ODI Cup this year.
There is a lot to like about this Hampshire team. Led by James Vince, who scored more than 500 runs last season, the Hampshire batting is very strong. Vince himself has been in excellent form and is knocking on the doors of English cricket once again, while the signing of Colin Munro at the top of the order will send a warning to all opponents.
Munro was rated as the best batsman in T20 cricket not too long ago and has a habit of scoring massive T20 scores. With Rilee Rossow and Kyle Abbott as Kolpak players, the Hamshire team is boasting of plenty of international talent even without their overseas players.
The other overseas player for Hampshire is sure to attract a lot of attention this year. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is a teenager from Afghanistan who has the world in a tizzy thanks to his mystery spin. He was a big success at the IPL where he had the lowest average for any player to take more than 10 wickets this season.
Mason Crane is battling injury and is unlikely to play a part in the Vitality Blast this year but Topley, Alsop, and Wood make for a very decent lineup none the less.
A strong core, good form with the white ball, and some very good overseas signings have certainly made Hampshire one of the teams to watch out for.
J Vince, RR Rossouw, Colin Munro, Sam Northeast, Tom Alsop, LA Dawson, Lewis McManus, Gareth Berg, KY Abbott, CP Wood, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
59 sixes and 462 runs to his name. That is what Colin Ingram did last year and put the fear of God in all opposing teams. This year, we believe that Glamorgan has strengthened its team even more with the addition of Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja to their squad.
Khawaja shot into the Australian short format reckoning after a brilliant Big Bash season a couple of years ago and has the ability to really dominate the Vitality Blast. Shaun Marsh is another player who has enjoyed success in the IPL, Big Bash, and other leagues in the past. His international form has also been good over the last few months.
Ingram, who is a Kolpak player, will also have Merchant de Lange from South Africa in the team as a Kolpak signing. Like Hampshire, having two quality international players as Kolpak signings allows the county to really distinguish itself in terms of firepower.
Glamorgan also has plenty of Welsh talent to call upon like David Lloyd, Aneurin Donald, and Kiran Carlson to form one of the strongest batting orders in the entire competition. The bowling is something that they will have to be a little careful with because it let them down last season.
Merchant de Lange will provide pace but the likes of Timm van der Gugten, Craig Meschede, Graham Wagg, and Michael Hogan all need to step up.
Everything considered, Glamorgan is another very strong team in the South Group and definitely one of the prime contenders to lock up a knockouts spot.
Usman Khawaja, Aneurin Donald, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, David Lloyd, Chris Cooke, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Michael Hogan, Timm van der Gugten, Andrew Salter.
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What a joy to be watching cricket in the English summer! The weatherman has predicted a sunny day with next to no chance of rain in Southampton for this match. The pitch should be good for batting, although, it does offer a little something to the spinners as well.
We think the dry spell could help the spinners get some purchase from the surface and make life difficult for the batsmen. A score of 170 can be considered par, although these are two strong batting lineups that will be on show.
Hampshire has beaten Glamorgan in the last three matches that they have played against. Spin played a major role in those victories and they once again have a quality spinner to bank upon. Both teams have a strong batting lineup but we think that Hampshire has the better bowling unit coupled with home advantage.
Back Hampshire to win.
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