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NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Glamorgan v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset are in Nat West T20 action tomorrow (Saturday) when we travel to the SSE SWALEC to take on Glamorgan under floodlights. The match will get underway at 7pm.

Somerset are still seeking our first win in the competition whilst Glamorgan have won one of their two matches so far.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can follow the match via the Match Centre section of this website and live updates will be posted on our Twitter page.

The match is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 from 6:45pm

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met on 26 occasions since T20 was introduced. Somerset have won 13 of the games, Glamorgan have triumphed in 10, two have been abandoned and one has ended in a no result.

Somerset have played Glamorgan more times than any other county in the shortest format of the game and on July 5th 2011, Somerset left arm spinner Arul Suppiah set a new world record when he claimed the last six Glamorgan wickets to fall for just five runs- a record that still stands.

The match between the two sides at Taunton on June 15th 2016  was abandoned, but in the return fixture it was Glamorgan who triumphed. After being put into bat at the SWALEC, Somerset were bowled out for 152 in 19.3 overs.

Johann Myburgh hit 28 off 14 balls and James Hildreth 39 off 28 before lower in the order Josh Davey made 23 off 19.

Skipper Colin Ingram was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers with three for 20 off his four, one of which was a maiden.

When they replied a third wicket partnership for the hosts of 76 in nine overs between Ingram, who scored 54 off 39 balls, and Aneurin Donald, who hit 44 off 29, saw Glamorgan to 156 for three with 12 balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Corey Anderson will miss both matches this weekend as he recovers from his back spasm whilst Michael Leask has been called in to the squad.

The Somerset squad for the match is: Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Steve Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Peter Trego, Adam Hose, Tom Banton, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller and Michael Leask.

The Glamorgan squad is as follows: David Lloyd, Aneurin Donald, Jacques Rudolph (c), Colin Ingram, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke (wk), Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Andrew Salter, Owen Morgan, Marchant De Lange, Timm van der Gugten and Michael Hogan.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Glamorgan is a tough place to play and they’ve got a very good white ball side. They got a win in their last match so they will be full of confidence. We were pretty happy with the first half at Essex but unfortunately we just couldn’t get those partnerships together to get us up above the rate.”

Regarding Corey Anderson’s absence Matt said: “Corey being missing is a big blow for us after his fantastic debut which showed his capabilities but now it’s up to the other guys to stand up and show what they can do.”

Matt also discussed Michael Leask’s inclusion. “He’s a really good striker of the ball and capable of a Corey style innings at the back end. He’s striking the ball well for the Seconds at the moment so we’ll see what he can do.”

NEXT MATCHES

Somerset’s next match is on Sunday July 16th when we travel to Uxbridge to take on Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast in a match that begins at 2:30pm.

The next game at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Friday July 21st when Somerset entertain Gloucestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast. This match is a complete sell out. There are still tickets available for our remaining six home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and these can be purchased by clicking here

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