Somerset v Glamorgan – Match Preview
Matthew Maynard will call for more of the same from in-form Somerset when his former club Glamorgan visit Taunton for a NatWest T20 South Group match tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.
The Director of Cricket knows his current side are on a roll following back-to-back wins in the LV= County Championship and the 20-over competition, the latest success being a nine-wicket destruction of Middlesex at Uxbridge last night.
Lewis Gregory is added to the squad for the Glamorgan game, but there will be one change at most to the Somerset line-up after a performance that delighted Maynard.
He said: “We hit back really well with the ball after Middlesex had made a fast start and I was particularly pleased for Jamie Overton, whose first over went for a lot.
“Thanks to good captaincy from Alfonso Thomas, Jamie was able to bowl again later in the innings and responded with two wickets, which was a great effort in the circumstances.
“Abdur Rehman did a great job for us in pegging Middlesex back before Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh batted brilliantly in our reply.
“I felt we were playing some good cricket before our current run, but there is no doubt that winning breeds confidence and we now have a number of players in form.”
Somerset’s last defeat was a somewhat unlucky one against Glamorgan at Cardiff in a match decided by the Duckworth-Lewis system.
The hosts won by two runs, making 43 for one off six overs in reply to 159 for five before the rain came.
Maynard said: “If the match had finished an over earlier or maybe one later we could have won. But that’s history now and we know Glamorgan will pose a real threat again tomorrow.
“They have lost three group games on the trot since beating us and will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
“We have to maintain the standards with bat and ball that we have shown in our last couple of game and if we do we will be hard to beat.
“Jim Allenby played a match-wining innings against Middlesex and would love to repeat that against his old club.
“We will assess the pitch before deciding whether to bring Lewis Gregory into the side.”
Spectators are reminded that tomorrow’s match is SOLD OUT and no further tickets will be released so therefore no tickets will be available on the gates on the day. The gates open at 11:45 with play due to commence at 14:30. The match is being shown live on Sky for those unlucky enough not to have secured their tickets.
Somerset have named the following squad: Jim Allenby, Johann Myburgh, Pete Trego, James Hildreth, Tom Cooper, Luke Ronchi (wk), Lewis Gregory, Max Waller, Tim Groenewald, Jamie Overton, Abdur Rehman and Alfonso Thomas (captain).