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Glamorgan takes on an unbeaten Hampshire
Our prediction is for Hampshire to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: The Gnoll Cricket Ground | Toss: To BatBet Now
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The maximum number of points Glamorgan can accumulate with two wins in their remaining games is 8. It is highly unlikely that they would end up in the finals with that tally.
Nevertheless, it would still give them an outside chance and skipper Carlson would take that any day. This will be their second match at The Gnoll Cricket Ground, their second home venue in Wales.
Glamorgan played their last match at this venue and were bowled out for 177 against Lancashire. Prior to that, the Carlson-led team was bowled out for 238 and 221 runs respectively. It has been a disappointing run ever since their last win at Cardiff against Kent where Colin Ingram and Tom Cullen helped Glamorgan chase down 308 runs.
Hampshire are coming in with 5 back to back wins and great momentum on their side. It will be a herculean task for the hosts to stop the Hampshire juggernaut with their current form.
Though we might think Glamorgan has a mathematical chance of qualifying, the reality is far from it. It is not just the batting, but their bowlers have also taken a huge beating in recent games.
Though they picked all 10 wickets against Essex, they ended up conceding 341 runs bowling first. In the next match where they were bowled out for 177 runs, the bowlers managed to pick just the solitary wicket while defending the total.
Not to forget, the captain uses at least 6 of his bowlers including himself. These recent losses will have dented their confidence and to go up against a mighty Hampshire side will now be an uphill battle. Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, and Kiran Carlson are the key batsmen in the top-order for Glamorgan. The good news for the hosts is that they’ve got some handy batters lower down the order.
The likes of Joe Cooke, Tom Cullen, and Andrew Salter have made some noteworthy contributions for Glamorgan this season. Salter wasn’t part of the XI in their last outing and should be brought back.
Along with Prem Sisodiya, James Wieghell, and James Harris, Salter is an integral part of the Glamorgan bowling attack as well. We reckon the changes made in the playing XI for their last match were a little too many. And they are better off sticking to their previous XI which featured Douthwaite and Slater.
David Lloyd, Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, Kiran Carlson (c), Thomas Bevan, Tom Cullen (wk), Daniel Douthwaite, Andrew Salter, James Weighell, Ruadhri Smith, Prem Sisodiya
Though Hampshire have won all of their 5 matches so far, their recent wins had a narrow margin. Hampshire haven’t been dominating in their recent wins. Post their win defending a 199-runs total, the batting hasn’t really bounced back.
Chasing a target of 184 runs at The Rose Bowl isn’t a big ask. However, after such a dominating performance from the bowlers, the batters failed to get going and lost 8 wickets on their way to victory. It was Toby Albert’s unbeaten 65-run knock at number 7 that helped Hampshire get past the target. This is the second time Toby Albert came to rescue in a run-chase where the top order collapsed.
In the previous game against Derbyshire, Aneurin Donald, Tom Prest, and Ben Brown were out for single-digit scores while chasing 247 runs. Albert scored an unbeaten 84 off 96 balls and added 104 runs for the 6th wicket with Fletcha Middleton.
Both top and middle order are completely out of shape and it is the consistency of Albert in the lower order that has rescued Hampshire from at least two very likely losses. It is not just him who has seen the side to victory from a place of a very likely loss.
The bowlers also pulled off an amazing performance while defending 199 runs against Northamptonshire and saved the team from a very probable loss. Northamptonshire were 133-4 at one stage and would have cruised to victory if it wasn’t for the Hampshire bowlers.
Nick Gubbins (c), Aneurin Donald, Tom Prest, Ben Brown (wk), Fletcha Middleton, Felix Organ, Toby Albert, Scott Currie, Dominic Kelly, Jack Campbell , John Turner
The weather forecast for the match day is partly cloudy. The swing bowlers may get help from the weather and also from the pitch with the new ball. The pitch is a good one to bat on as seen in the last match played at this venue.
The Gnoll Cricket Ground in Neath, Wales will be the venue for this match.
Teams batting first have won more than 60% of the games played here. Though in this season, Lancashire defeated Glamorgan batting second, both teams in this match are struggling in their batting department, and to bat first on a good surface would do their confidence a world of good and also give them a strong chance of winning.
There are a few vulnerabilities in the Hampshire setup and if the hosts can capitalize on them, they stand a good chance of winning this match. However, from where Glamorgan are standing at the moment, dominating the visitors seems to be a far cry. Considering the current form of the key players in both teams, the overall impact, and the momentum, we suggest Hampshire would start as clear favorites to win.
Our prediction is for Hampshire to win
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