Our prediction is that Glamorgan should be able to beat Kent and register their first win of the tournament!
Glamorgan played three matches in this tournament against Essex, Hampshire and Somerset, and have lost all. They barely put up any contest in the first two matches. However, in the third match against Somerset, they lost the chance to get their first 2 points by 3 runs, despite a fighting 57 runs stand between Timm van der Gugten and Lukas Carey for the 10th wicket.
Kent too failed to open their accounts out of the four games they played so far. In the first two matches, they batted first and lost by 90 and 264 runs. In the next two matches against Sussex and Gloucestershire, they lost by 7 and 6 wickets respectively. They cannot afford to lose a single game from here.
Glamorgan never reached the knock-out stage of Royal London One Day tournaments. They ended 2014 season with 4 wins and 4 losses and ends up the fifth place of Group B. In 2015 and 2016 they were at the 8th and 7th rank while their best show was in the year 2017 rising to the 4th place. Their last year’s performance was quite ordinary as they ended up at the 8th place with 7 losses.
This year, they started poorly against Essex as they collapsed under 150 runs while chasing the target of 327. Their top order succumbed soon and none of their batsmen crossed 40 runs. Against Hampshire in the second game, they were in a better position after scoring 292 runs thanks to 68 from both David Lloyd and Graham Wagg. However, none of their bowlers looked effective against Hampshire top order batsmen and Glamorgan lost it by 7 wickets. Lloyd and Wagg batted exceptionally well again, but it was quite heartbreaking for Glamorgan to lose especially after brave 57 runs partnership from Carey and Tim van der Gugten for the last wicket.
CB Cooke (c) (wk), CR Hemphrey, CAJ Meschede, M Labuschagne, DL Lloyd, WT Root, KS Carlson, GG Wagg, M de Lange, LJ Carey, T van der Gugten
Kent started Royal London games well to reach the semi-final in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 they had reached till the quarter-finals. In 2018, they stunned Worcestershire in the semi-final by chasing down the total of 307 thanks to phenomenal Heino Kuhn’s century.
In this competition, they have lost to Hampshire, Somerset and Sussex and Gloucestershire. In 3 out of the four matches, their opponents registered 300 plus scores. While they lost the first match by 90 runs, the second match was a bigger disaster where their batsmen crumbled under 100 while chasing 358 against Somerset. Their third match against Sussex appeared better in the first half as Matt Renshaw’s century led the team to post the total of 298. However, their ballers failed miserably, and they lost the game in 40 overs only. Against Gloucestershire in the fourth match too, their bowlers could not defend 282 runs. Matt Milnes bowled beautifully this season for Kent, taking 9 wickets in 4 matches, but he needs more coordinated performances from his fellow bowlers.
JL Denly (c), Z Crawley, SR Dickson, HG Kuhn, AJ Blake, OG Robinson, AP Rouse (wk), HW Podmore, ME Milnes, Imran Qayyum, ME Claydon
The match is going to be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. At this ground, the highest and lowest totals are 342 and 138 runs. The average first and second innings score on this surface are 227and 216. The highest total chased here is 304 while the lowest total defended is 169.
The pitch looks good for batting throughout the match. The team winning toss would opt to field first, as out of 20 matches, 14 are won by the team batting second
Head to head, Glamorgan look better with 3 wins out of 5 against Kent. With four consecutive losses, it would be quite difficult for Kent to gather themselves to bounce back. Glamorgan too needs to put up extra efforts to cross the finishing line, which they missed by a slender margin in the last match.
Considering all the conditions, our prediction is that Glamorgan will exploit the home ground advantage to beat Kent on 25th April 2019 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
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