About the Match
There is absolutely no respite for teams during a busy NatWest T20 Blast week as Surrey takes on Glamorgan. Both teams played on the previous day as well with the pair of them suffering losses. Of course, the manner of defeat was wildly different and that could have a bearing on today’s match as well.
A lot of people would have expected the Surrey-Sussex encounter to be close but very few would have predicted the ferocious beating Sussex inflicted on Surrey. After being limited to 148 in their 20 overs, Surrey could make barely an impression on the Sussex batting eventually losing by 8 wickets and with 6.3 overs remaining.
It has become almost a joke to see the much-vaunted stars of Surrey fail to perform game after game. Surrey currently sits at 4th
in the league table but there four other teams within a game of overtaking it or equaling it in the points tally.
There is no room for errors in the South Group but that is exactly what Surrey is doing. Moises Henriques played his first match of this year’s NatWest T20 blast and scored a valuable 41 but the lack of runs from Finch, Roy, and Ben Foakes left Surrey struggling for most of the innings.
Roy, in particular, has been a source of frustration for the fans. He has totaled only 132 runs in the competition with only one score over 50. Batting has become a hit and miss game with him and maybe he needs to just temper the aggression back for a little before going hard.
In a bowling effort where five front line bowlers for Surrey went at 14.5 per over or more, Gareth Batty and Scott Borthwick stood out for the control they offered. Maybe introducing them a little early into the attack might one option that Surrey might look at.
A shambolic performance in the last game and next to no time to change things around will mean that Surrey will have a very difficult task in this game against current table toppers Glamorgan.
Cardiff has been dreary and wet for most of the competition, something which had been a bit of an advantage for Glamorgan up until this point. Their last game though against Gloucestershire was reduced into a five over dash that they lost by 6 runs after losing a wicket at the wrong time.
Still, with 12 points from 10 matches, Glamorgan remains the clear leaders of the South Group at the moment.
Glamorgan has at its disposal the best batsman in the tournament at the moment, Colin Ingram, and one of the most destructive T20 batsmen in the world, David Miller. It was a little strange to see both of them sitting in the dugout during a 5 over bash but hopefully, that will not the case in Surrey.
While Ingram has scored two hundreds in the competition already and has 20 sixes to his name, other batsmen also have hit some fine form.
Openers Donald and Rudolph have four fifties between them and strike rates of almost 140 while Cooke and Wagg in the middle order have also scored useful runs when given the opportunity.
The main threat though is from the top-4 of this lineup, something that Surrey will be well aware of.
For a while, it had seemed like Hogan’s five wicket haul in the last match would be enough but things turned out differently. Still, he will take the confidence of that performance in the game against Surrey. Giving him support will be van der Guten and the express Merchant de Lange.
Glamorgan’s bowling lineup is often undervalued in the face of its batting riches but there is no doubt that they will pose a credible threat to Surrey’s gun batsmen.
Pitch and Conditions
Another rainy day which is being forecast for the match but there is hope that conditions will clear up around match time. The pitch at the Oval always favors the batsmen and with the batting talent on display we are desperately hoping for a full contest between these two sides.
This promises to be a high scoring slug fest.
Glamorgan to wi