About the Match
Topping the North Division in the league stage with 22 points, with only two losses, and winning the last match in style against Durham with a superb team effort, Lancashire face Glamorgan, who are 4th amongst the qualifying teams from South Division and have only 15 points, for the first quarter final match on 1st Aug at Old Trafford. From here on it’s do or die for both teams and past performances don’t matter; the team performing better on the particular day will surely come out victorious.
Khawaja is back in the team with a well-made 44 off 25 balls in the company of AG Prince, who was doing a splendid job in opening the innings with Smith till then. Seldom the duo of Smith and Price have failed in giving a good start for the innings and the rest of the batsmen down the line, were living up to the expectations of the team. The top order with Brown, Buttler, Horton and Croft have never failed as a whole and complimented with great contributions for the success of the team. In the rare event that the team failed to build a good score batting first, the bowlers came up trumps to dismiss the opponent to a much lower score, registering victory, as it happened in the case of their match against Warwickshire on 30th May. Kabir Ali bowled a superior spell of 4 overs taking 4 Durham wickets on 24th July to win the game by 27 runs; Junaid Khan took 3 wickets in dismissing Northants for 134 in defending 187 and winning the game by 53 runs. They have the confidence and self belief to challenge any team and will come out all guns blazing here.
They are no mean performers; Allenby and Rudolph have been par excellence consistently. Rudolph made a valiant 75 of 56 balls against Surrey to pile up 192 for 4 building partnerships with other batsmen down the line and the team defended it by winning the game by 4 runs. They won the last match in the league against the Gloucs, chasing a modest total of 109 losing only 2 wickets with 6 overs yet to be bowled. Bowling seems to be their weakness as evident by their performance while defending targets as it happened against Essex on 18th July; though they lost only 2 wickets in making 157, the opponent could easily reach the target losing only 3 wickets. Their wins while defending have been only when they built a tall score but they have not been able to defend small totals due to the failure of the bowlers. Similarly, they have generally been successful in chasing, even if faced with stiff targets; hence their strategy should be to build a tall total if put to bat first.
The match will surely go down to the wire with both teams vying for a place in the semifinals; however, if form and consistency is any pointer, Lancashire should win the match comfortably.
Lancashire, 1.50 @ Bet365