Vitality Blast Preview: Glamorgan v Somerset
Somerset make the trip to Sophia Gardens to take on Glamorgan in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Friday).
Play will get underway at 6:30pm.
Somerset are currently fourth in the South Group with 14 points from 12 matches, whilst Glamorgan are eighth with eight points from the same number of games.
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In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met 37 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won 19 times, Glamorgan have won 11 times, there have been two no results and five matches have been abandoned.
The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 219 for five at Taunton in 2006, while for Glamorgan it is 206 for six in the same match.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 114 not out by Babar Azam at Sophia Gardens in 2020, while for Glamorgan it is 116 not out by Ian Thomas at Taunton in 2004.
The best bowling for Somerset is six for five by Arul Suppiah at Cardiff in 2011, while for Glamorgan it is three for nine by Robert Croft in the same match.
The last time that the two sides met at Cardiff was in September last year. It was a match that Somerset won by 66 runs.
Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field.
It initially seemed like a good decision as Somerset slipped to 21 for two. However, Babar Azam made 114 not out from just 62 balls and he was well supported by debutant Lewis Goldsworthy (38 not out) as the visitors reached 183 for three from their 20 overs.
The Glamorgan reply got off to the worst possible start as they slipped to three for two in the second over. From that point onwards, the Somerset bowlers were always on top and the hosts were dismissed for 117 in just 15.5 overs.
Somerset will be without Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory (international duty) plus Tom Abell (hamstring). Craig Overton returns and will captain the side.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Craig Overton, Jack Brooks, Devon Conway, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Winning one of our final two games should guarantee us a quarter-final place, but I think that it’s important that we treat each game in isolation. We will be going to Cardiff to win, that’s for sure.
“The intention is to win both games and secure a home quarter-final. We’ve played some brilliant cricket in this competition but we’ve also had some poor outings, so we’re looking to get a little more consistency. Therefore, it’s important that we draw on the positive experiences of the campaign so far.
“We’ve had some really good games against them over the last few years, and they are a good white-ball side. Matt Maynard has a lot of knowledge about the players here, and vice versa so there will be no surprises. Ultimately, whoever delivers their skills better will come out on top.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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Coach: Matthew Maynard
Captain: Chris Cooke
Last Year’s Performance: Fifth (Central Group)
2020 Leading Runscorer: Andy Balbirnie (255, 36.42)
2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Timm van der Gugten (14, 14.92)
Overseas players: Colin Ingram (South Africa – whole tournament); Marnus Labuschagne (Australia – June-July)
Key man: Colin Ingram – The hard-hitting South African has made Glamorgan his second home and after missing the Vitality Blast last year he will be keen to assert his authority on the competition again.
Flies under the radar: Timm van der Gugten – The Netherlands international has been Glamorgan’s leading wicket-taker in his past two Blast campaigns for the club. He’s in good form, claiming man-of-the-match honours in Holland’s opening ODI against Ireland this week after claiming four wickets in the most recent LV= Insurance County Championship match against Kent.
Best Player Under 24: Kiran Carlson – After bursting onto the scene as an 18-year-old it has been a bit of a slow burn for Carlson who offered a firm reminder of his class with a pair of twin tons against Sussex earlier this summer. He struggled in the Blast last year but it is surely a matter of time before he finds the consistency to make him a potent force in the Glamorgan middle order.
Blast expectations: Glamorgan have endured a tough time since reaching Finals Day four years ago, but there is reason for optimism as they aim to get back to the knockout stages. Glamorgan won three of their final four games last summer and their batting is boosted by the return of Colin Ingram. David Lloyd is back to full fitness, Marnus Labuschagne is set to be available for the entire group stage and young gun Kiran Carlson has shown signs he is ready to take the next steps in his career.
DID YOU KNOW?
Max Waller needs one wicket to become Somerset’s all time leading wicket taker in T20 cricket.
Somerset’s next match begins on Sunday July 18th when we welcome Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.
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