Royal London One-Day Cup Preview: Glamorgan v Somerset
Somerset travel to SSE SWALEC, Cardiff tomorrow (Friday) to take on Glamorgan in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Somerset will be looking to make it four wins in a row in the competition following victories over Surrey, Sussex and Kent whilst Glamorgan will be keen to get back to winning ways having lost two in a row following a victory over Gloucestershire in their opening fixture.
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Head to Head
The first match between the two sides in the Royal London One-Day Cup was played in Taunton on August 12th 2014, when it was Glamorgan who won by 95 runs (D/L method).
After being put into bat, Jacques Rudolph scored 111, Murray Goodwin 62 and Chris Cooke 60 to help Glamorgan to 289 for six. For the hosts Lewis Gregory took four for 48. Rain then reduced the game to 47 overs per side and chasing a revised target of 303 for victory, Somerset were always behind the rate and were eventually all out for 207 in 40 overs.
The two sides met again in 2016, also at Taunton, when it was Somerset who won by 33 runs (D/L method).
After being asked to bat first, Peter Trego made 80 and Jim Allenby 53 to see Somerset to 322 for seven from their 50 overs.
In reply Glamorgan had reached 98 for three in the 18th over when a shower reduced their target to 313 from 47 overs. In the event the visitors were bowled out for 279 in 45.2 overs, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton and Gregory all claiming three wickets.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has made one change to the Somerset squad for this fixture. Paul van Meekeren replaces Lewis Gregory who has picked up a back injury as Matt explained: “We are having the injury scanned and he may need a longer rest than one game. It’s a blow after our excellent start in the Royal London Cup, but we have good cover in the shape of Tim Groenewald and Paul van Meekeren.”
The Somerset squad for this game is: Jim Allenby (c), Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Dean Elgar, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Adam Hose, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Max Waller, Tim Groenewald and Paul van Meekeren.
Views from the Dressing Room
Ahead of the match skipper Jim Allenby, who spent several seasons with Glamorgan before joining Somerset, said: “We are all excited at the prospect of playing at Cardiff on Friday where we want to keep the momentum we have built up going. Three wins out of three is a great start to the competition so we are pretty confident at the moment, even though we have got in trouble in a couple of the games.
“There is a certain calmness about the group so we are now looking forward to going to Cardiff and playing against a decent Glamorgan side and hopefully cementing our place at the top of the table. Our aim is to get to the next round and there is a huge incentive to finish in the top two which is what we are aiming for.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead and I am just enjoying the way that the guys are going about things. The way we have kept the momentum going from last season and trusted the game plans is great. The results tend to take care of themselves if you get all of those things right, but now it’s about trying to do it day in and day out.”