About the Match
The first semifinal of the YB 40 Championship is set for Sep 7. The past glories of league stage performance are no more to laud about. It’s a do or die situation for both the teams after a long season that tested the endurance of the players. Hampshire topped Group ‘B’ with 18 points winning nine of the 12 matches whereas Glamorgan was 2nd in Group ‘C’ with 8 wins and 17, behind Somerset. Both the teams have right and left handed batsmen and also left and right arm bowlers to give good combinations in batting and bowling, keeping the opponent guessing as to what would come next.
Jimmy Adams leads the team from the front, in letter and spirit, topping the season with a batting average of 51.11, S/R of 87.28 playing all the 12 matches. He has scored 460 runs with 4 fifties, blasting 37 fours and 3 sixes. G J Bailey is closely behind him with an average of 73.01. Carberry and Briggs will give depth to the batting. Michael Roberts will add stability at the middle order. A battery of all-rounders; led by Sean Ervine, known for his medium pace, Sohail Tanvir, with left arm medium pace, youngster Jacobe George with his right arm off breaks, will provide variety to the attack throughout the length of the game. On way to the semis, this team has lost to Surrey, Durham and Lancashire during the league stage.
Mark Wallace will lead the team from behind the stumps and can guide the bowlers, effectively, real-time. Specialist batsmen Cooke, Cosker, Bragg and Goodwin will provide good left right combination in the top order. Michael Hogan with his right arm medium pace and Goodwin with Leg breaks will provide variety in attack. Jim Allenby with strike rate of 120.13 with 12 sixes and 21 fours during league stage, will fire full blast. Wallace knows that his team was placed 2nd in Group ‘C’ behind Somerset with a lower NRR of +0.576 against +0.734 of Hampshire. On way to the semis they have lost to Gloucestershire twice, Somerset once and drew with Unicorns. Leaving the past behind, they will take the fight to the opponents’ court till last.
Both teams have similar left right combination in bowling and batting. Same is the case in providing a mix of left arm, right arm bowling with fast, medium pace and off break and leg breaks. The top order in batting has dependable middle order in both the teams. The teams will have to withstand the pressure in batting and fielding. The fielding side should deny every possible run to the opponent. That probably will depend on combination of endurance, agility and experience. Judging by the age factor of the teams, Hampshire has a lower average age of 25 against 29 of Glamorgan. Hampshire will come out with flying colors and sail to the finals.
Hampshire, 1.53 @ William Hill