About the Match
There is no game right now in the South Group that does not hold meaning or the potential to change the dynamics of the points table. Every single team is in with a shot to make the finals and this is why Kent will be keen to beat the current table toppers, Glamorgan.
The Kent Spitfires sit at 7th
on the table right now with three wins, which is exactly the same number of wins that Glamorgan also has. The difference has been in the no-results which grant one point to each team. Glamorgan has had 4 no-results while Kent has had none.
Of course, that is not something that Kent will want to use as an excuse but instead dwell deeper into the reason why they seem to lose matches from reasonable positions. They definitely have the batting strength to be able to chase down tough totals as they showed in the rain affected game against Somerset last time around.
An in-form Joe Denly and Bell-Drummond at the top of the order have given Kent blistering starts more often than not. Denly has 268 runs to his name with a highest score of 116 not out while Bell-Drummond has 240 runs in the tournament with a highest score of 90 not out.
Others like Sam Northeast, Sam Billings and Alex Blake and Jimmy Neesham have also contributed regularly.
Their bowling though has let them down on a couple of occasions. Adam Milne has played 4 matches and taken 6 wickets but his form of late has been poor. Even in the last match, he went for 34 runs in the two overs that he bowled.
Neesham and Coles have been somewhat better but nowhere near as consistent as Kent requires them to be. None of the bowlers in Kent’s squad are going at less than 7 runs per over in this tournament and most of the regular bowlers are going for more than 8.50 runs per over.
Neesham with 7 wickets is the highest wicket taker in the team. Kent needs to find a way to get its bowling right otherwise they might find themselves out of the running very soon.
Glamorgan is shaping up to be one of the strongest teams in the tournament, at least whenever they get a chance to play. Rain in Cardiff has meant that Glamorgan has more rained out games than any other team in the league and that can be something that plays havoc with the team’s rhythm.
The batting that Glamorgan possesses is absolutely awe inspiring. Led by Colin Ingram, who has two centuries to his name in the competition already, and backed up David Miller, Jacques Rudolph, Aneurin Donald and Chris Cooke, no total is safe when these batsmen are in form.
This is also a team that scored a large number of sixes, something that stats have shown to consistently related to the likelihood of victory in T20 matches. Ingram has 19 to his name, Rudolph 5, Cooke 6 and Miller has 3 from just one game.
Most of the batsmen are also scoring runs at a strike rate of over 160 making this a very hard batting lineup to stop.
The bowling has a lesser number of big names in its ranks but is quite consistent. Merchant de Lange provides the pace and fire while Michael Hogan provides the accuracy. Van der Guten and Ingram also bowl their quota of overs without trouble in most matches.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather is expected to clear for the day and we expect a full uninterrupted match to take place. The pitch is also one that the batsmen should enjoy on and it could turn out to be a slug fest between two strong batting line-ups.
Glamorgan to win