About the Match
Middlesex Panthers with 3 points from 10 matches are at the bottom of the table in the South Division, having played the maximum number of matches at this point of time are facing Glamorgan, who have 8 points from 3 wins out of 8 matches played at Richmond on 3rd July. Glamorgan Dragons played Hampshire Royals on 25th June at Sophia Gardens and lost the close contest by 6 runs whereas Middlesex lost to Sussex on 27th June at Hove by a huge margin; both having suffered defeat are going up against each other in a different frame of mind and will be eager to win here and take their campaigns ahead.
The match against Sussex on 27th was no contest as they put up a miserable show at Hove; the entire team was packed off for just 107 runs with a ball to spare by Sussex after the opponents won the toss and put them to bat first. But for a face saving knock of 31 off 32 balls by Higgins, rest of the batsmen were all at sea against a focused attack led by Anyan and Hatchett, followed by Arafat, Beer and Piolet. They were not able to put up any semblance of resistance as Nash blasted them for 74 off 53 balls resulting in the defeat of Middlesex by 6 wickets with 23 balls to spare. This loss has put them in the weakest position when compared to other South Division teams this season and they can only be a hindrance to the progress of Glamorgan. Middlesex Panthers needs to discipline its batting and improve the quality of its bowling too, if they are willing to put up a better show and keep their hopes alive.
Glamorgan Dragons have a stake in the match as they can move up against Sussex who are equally positioned, having played one more match compared to Glamorgan. In their last match against Hampshire at Sophia Garden, they won the toss and put the opponents to bat, with an aim to chase successfully considering the strengths of their batsmen. The idea did not click, as their bowlers were not effective against an in-form Carberry and Adams and hence allowed them to amass 170 for 6 which proved just out of reach, in spite of a good knock of 38 off 23 balls by Wallace, 35 off 22 by Cooke and a last minute effort by Sammy taking 28 off 14 balls, ending with 6 runs short. Early loss of opener Rudolph with only 5 runs off 12 balls could have also cost them the match; Allenby and Hogan need to improve their bite with the ball to dismiss the Middlesex batsmen and the top order should be able to withstand the pressure and build solid partnerships so that the batsmen down the order can score freely. They have the winning capabilities but the collective efforts have to synergize to earn a positive result, which will improve their standing against other teams in the points table.
Middlesex is hanging by a thin thread here being at the bottom of the table and needs to win this match to bounce back whereas the Dragons are sitting in the middle of the table albeit not comfortably. It is expected to be a tight game at Richmond and I expect Glamorgan Dragons to emerge victorious because they seem to be having better capabilities in comparison to their opponents, Middlesex Panthers, at least on paper.
Glamorgan Dragons, 1.90 @ Titan Bet