About the Match
Sussex lost the game against Surrey by 6 wickets and are placed 6th in the South Group with 12 points; they will host Glamorgan, who are placed 2nd with 17 points, on 28th July at Hove. Glamorgan recently defeated Somerset by 7 wickets after chasing down 153 runs with ease; they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum and take the top spot on the table. Sussex on the other hand will try to take advantage of playing at home to make a much-needed comeback; both teams have in-form batsmen and bowlers who can give a tough fight to the opponents on Thursday.
Batting first against Surrey, the batting line-up tried its best to keep the scoreboard ticking; players like Chris Nash, Craig Cachopa, Matt Machan and Philip Salt built partnerships but they could muster only 153 runs in the end. Danny Briggs, Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer took 4 wickets between them but they couldn’t stop the opponents from winning the match. Prior to that, they had defeated Essex convincingly by 24 runs after the batsmen posted a formidable total of 200, which the bowlers led by Mustafizur Rahman’s brilliant 4-23, defended successfully.
When they had met Glamorgan earlier, the top order had collapsed during chase for 160 runs with players like Nash, Wright, Cachopa and Salt getting out for single digits. The middle order too couldn’t impress much and they lost the match by 46 runs. The bowlers can put up a much better performance here in order to contain the Glamorgan batsmen like Llyod, Ingram and Rudolph.
They have a good mix of spin and pace bowlers, who can exploit the home conditions to outwit the visitors; the batting line-up is in form and they can definitely build a strong foundation here.
Colin Ingram is a strong all-rounder and he has been contributing well with bat and ball; his 3-20 helped restrict Somerset to 152 runs and then he came back in the 2nd innings to post a heroic 54 off 37 to steer the team towards victory with 2 overs to spare. Speedsters Graham Wagg and Shaun Tait took 2 wickets each while Timm van der Gugten also has been consistent with the wickets. Donald, Wallace and David Lloyd can contribute well to keep the scoreboard ticking while middle-order players like Rudolph, Wagg and Meschede can build steady partnerships when needed.
Against Hampshire, the batsmen fell like a pack of cards with middle-order players like Ingram, Donald and Rudolph getting out cheaply; despite Wallace’s 45 off 34 and a late effort by Meschede, Wagg, Salter and Gugten, they fell short of the 168-run target and lost the match by 25 runs.
Wagg, Hogan and Tait lead the pace attack and others like Gugten, Meschede and Ingram provide variety and depth to the squad; they can pull out some tricks to stifle the opposition yet again.
Glamorgan has the psychological advantage of having defeated Sussex earlier and with their recent form, they definitely look better placed; however, Sussex is desperate for a win and they do have the resources to bounce back with a much-needed win on Thursday.