Man of the Match: Marnus Labuschagne
Gloucestershire’s aim to get the ball rolling against Glamorgan
Gloucestershire to win
Glamorgan would be playing at their home ground Sophia Gardens, Cardiff as they take on the Gloucestershire in their first game of the season. Glamorgan had a very poor season last year where they failed to make it to the second round and the side would look to make amends this season. As for Gloucestershire, it was unlucky for them to have lost out in the semifinal last year after having dominated the league stages.
Gloucestershire had a great run in 2020 where they had dominated both with the bat and the ball but had lost both their games to Glamorgan. They will definitely look to win this game. For Glamorgan their only shiny moments last year came against Gloucestershire and this is something they would look to draw inspiration from here. It is the first game of the season for both the teams and we expect to see good competition here.
Chris Cooke would like to put the disappointments of the last season behind as his side kick starts this season in a game against Gloucestershire. They finished their campaign in the group stage and failed to reach the knockouts. They have had a good record against Gloucestershire and Cooke would want his side to take inspiration from those wins and earn their first points for the season.
David Lloyd and Nicholas Selman will have to provide a good start to the side in this game. They will miss Andrew Balbirnie in this game as he is with his national side. In the middle order runs would be expected from Michael Neser, Kiran Carlson, Cooke and Daniel Douthwaite. Down the order quick runs would be needed from the Andrew Salter and Callum Taylor.
On the bowling front Prem Sisodiya and Salter would be expected to strike with the new ball as they had very poor run last year. Ruaidhri Smith and Timm van der Gugten had bowled well last season and they would like to pick up from where they had left. Michael Hogan will have to bring in his experience to good use in this game.
Chris Cooke (c & wk), David Lloyd, Nicholas Selman, Kiran Carlson, Daniel Douthwaite, Andrew Salter, Callum Taylor, Prem Sisodiya, Ruaidhri Smith, Michael Hogan, Michael Neser
Marnus Labuschagne, Timm van der Gugten, Colin Ingram, David Lloyd, Nicholas Selman, Ruaidhri Smith, Prem Sisodiya, Andrew Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke
Chris Dent has been appointed skipper for the side and he would like to carry on with the good form the side had showed last season. They had dominated the group games and were unlucky to have lost out in the semifinal. Dent would be aware of Glamorgan’s good record at their home ground and shall look for a good show from his players.
Dent and Miles Hammond form a good opening pair for the side and they shall look to provide an electrifying start in this game. The middle order had done well last season and runs would be expected from the trio of Ian Cockbain, Ryan Higgins and Jack Taylor. In Benny Howell and James Bracey they have good hitters to follow down the order.
Graeme van Buuren and David Payne had bowled well last season and similar show would be expected from them with the new ball. In Tom Smith, Olivier Price and Benny Howell they have good variety in the attack and they would be looking to trouble Glamorgan’s middle order that had struggled last season.
Chris Dent (c), Miles Hammond, Jack Taylor, Ian Cockbain, Ryan Higgins, James Bracey (wk), Benny Howell, Graeme van Buuren, David Payne, Tom Smith, Olivier Price
David Payne, Josh Shaw, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, GLV Buuren, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Tom Smith, Chris Dent, Miles Hammond
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: WSW||90%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||2.8 k/h||From: WSW||93%|
|06h||15||0 mm.||2.19 k/h||From: SW||96%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||2.73 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|12h||19||0.21 mm.||3.59 k/h||From: SW||91%|
|15h||19||0.86 mm.||6.23 k/h||From: WSW||73%|
|18h||17||0.21 mm.||5.88 k/h||From: WSW||76%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||3.91 k/h||From: WSW||99%|
The skies over Cardiff would be slightly overcast on June 10 and we expect the pitch to be a great one for fast bowling. Batsmen would have to keep their eyes open on this surface to avoid playing false strokes. A score of 160 plus would be a good one on this surface.
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff offers assistance to the fast bowlers as there is lot of juice in the surface early on. Batsmen who get their eyes in here have also done well in the past as they can play their strokes on the up. Spinners enjoy bowling here as the large size of the ground makes it difficult for batsmen to clear the fence.
It is one of the toughest venues to put up big scores as the ball does move around in the air and off the surface. Teams have won more games chasing the score at this venue and hence we expect the side winning the toss here to have no hesitation in bowling first.
It is the first game of the season for both the sides and Glamorgan would be under lot of pressure after their dismal show last year. Their batting line-up still has few weaknesses which they will have to sort out ahead of this game. Gloucestershire have better resources both in the batting as well as bowling departments and this would put them ahead in this game.
Gloucestershire to win