About the Match
At last! The season is ending with the grand finale, a duel between Nottinghamshire, the leaders of Group ‘A’ and Glamorgan, who were 2nd in Group ‘C’. Somerset could not live up to the reputation of their batting line up, especially because of some accurate and disciplined bowling by Ball, Mullany and Shehzad, who restricted Somerset for a modest total of 119, with a notable contribution from Trego. When the chasing started, Thomas and Overton could not dent the formidable batting by Lumb. Taylor and Patel overhauled the target comfortably with too many balls yet to be bowled, with some superb hitting and thus took their team to the final. In the other semifinal, Glamorgan piled up a challenging 234 with Allenby and other top order batsmen contributing well. Wood, Mascarenhas and others could not penetrate the superb defense of the Glamorgan batsmen. Allenby put up an admirable all-round performance with 2 wickets when he shared the bowling with Hogan, who demonstrated a true pace bowling and captured 4 Hampshire wickets. Adams played superb innings of 54 but couldn’t keep pace with the run rate and failed to surpass the stiff target. It’ll be an exciting finish to this long tournament.
Read has good options in bowling with Ball and Gurney in superb form. Mullany and Shehzad would repeat their performance. Patel will continue to prove as a genuine all-rounder. They have gelled well as a team in supporting each other. Samit Patel with his effective slow left arm orthodox bowling could be difficult to deal with. When Chris introduces him at one end in combination with medium pace at the other, Glamorgan batsmen may find it difficult to breathe. As a whole Notts are expected to put up a very good show in the final.
Wallace has a balanced side with proven capabilities. In batting he has the dependable Allenby in the middle order who can stabilize the innings and fire from the first ball. Cosker, Wright and Goodwin can rotate the ends with good left right combination and test the patience of the Notts. Hogan and Allenby can penetrate the batting line up and create damages early. They have variety of leg and off break bowlers who can create problems to the opposing batsmen.
Two sides in good nick are opposing each other for the top position. Both have good all-rounders with variety of fast and spin bowling. Glamorgan has slightly older players. Younger Notts will certainly lend suitable on the field to strengthen the effectiveness of bowlers and try and stop every possible run. Glamorgans will find difficulty in putting a formidable target if put to bat first or while chasing they may find it difficult to keep pace with the asking rate. The side which can withstand the mounting pressure will sustain. Wallace being a wicket keeper-batsman has handled the crunch situation brilliantly in the past so far. His batting will be a key factor, but Nottinghamshire’s strong team on paper makes them look dominant and I think they will just sneak past Glamorgan in what is expected to be a cracking finale.
Nottinghamshire, 1.44 @ Bet365