The big battle for points between Glamorgan and Somerset
Somerset to win
In a very crucial game of the Central Group in T20 Blast 2020, Glamorgan would be playing Somerset. Both the sides have had a bad season so far and struggling to move up on the points table. Somerset come into this game after loss against Gloucestershire while Glamorgan managed to end their losing run with a comprehensive victory against Northamptonshire Steelbacks. A win here would keep their hopes alive for the quarterfinals.
Somerset has enjoyed a good record against Glamorgan and they have won the last five games between the two sides. They had won the game earlier in the season and this would surely serve as a confidence booster for the team which has lost the last three games. It will be interesting to see if Glamorgan is able to reverse the record in this game.
Chris Cooke’s side ended their four game losing run with an impressive win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the last game. It was a brilliant show from their bowlers that saw them dismiss the opponents for 98 runs and win the game by 7 wickets. Having lost to Somerset earlier in the season, Cooke and his men would need to cope up with a brilliant performance to win here.
David Lloyd and Nicholas Selman played well in the last game at the top and this would give the side lot of confidence. Cooke has been brilliant this season and along with Callum Taylor and Andrew Balbirnie shall look to steer the middle order. Owen Morgan, Andrew Salter and Marchant de Lange haven’t been consistent down the order and need to score runs in this game.
Prem Sisodiya has been the best bowler for the side this season and he will need to bowl well with the new ball for the side to win. Ruaidhri Smith, Salter and Timm van der Gugten also bowled well in the last game and the side would be expecting a similar show from them in this game. Marchant de Lange hasn’t been consistent and he must make good use of his experience in this very important game.
Chris Cooke (c & wk), David Lloyd, Nicholas Selman, Andrew Balbirnie, Owen Morgan, Callum Taylor, Andrew Salter, Marchant de Lange, Ruaidhri Smith, Timm van der Gugten, Prem Sisodiya
|T van der Gugten||3.0||0||17||3||5.67|
|T van der Gugten||3.0||0||17||3||5.67|
Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, David Lloyd, Nick Selman, Marchant de Lange, Ruaidhri Smith, Prem Sisodiya, Andrew Salter, Owen Morgan, Andy Balbirnie, Chris Cooke
Somerset have strangely been changing their captains every game and this has affected the performance of the side. Lewis Gregory’s side went down against Gloucestershire in the last game by 11 runs and now sits fourth on the points table. They need to win this game by a big margin to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the quarterfinals. They had defeated Glamorgan earlier in the season and this should serve as an inspiration.
The side will need a good start from openers Babar Azam and Steven Davies as the pair hasn’t fired so far in the season. Will Smeed looks in good form after his excellent knock in the last game. Tom Abell, Gregory and George Bartlett make the middle order formidable. Roelof van der Merwe and Tom Lammonby have scored runs in the lower middle order and this makes the batting strong for the side.
Max Waller has been bowling well right through this season and shall need to pick early wickets with Gregory. Josh Davey and Lammonby will need to bowl tight spells as they have been wayward in the last few games. Abell, van der Merwe and Ollie Sale add to the bowling options for the side.
Lewis Gregory (c), Babar Azam, Steven Davies (wk), Will Smeed, Tom Abell, George Bartlett, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Josh Davey, Ollie Sale, Max Waller
Babar Azam, Steven Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell, Craig Overton, Max Waller, RE Van Der Merwe, Will Smeed, Ollie Sale, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Goldsworthy
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||2.92 k/h||From: WNW||57%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||0.95 k/h||From: NNW||24%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: N||53%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||2.32 k/h||From: NNE||8%|
|12h||22||0 mm.||4.48 k/h||From: NE||3%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||4.28 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||4.61 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||6.47 k/h||From: NE||1%|
There would be slight cloud cover over Cardiff on September 16 and the bowlers would enjoy the conditions. The pitch has lot in it for the fast bowlers with the new ball and spinners later in the innings. A score of around 150 runs is defendable here with good bowling.
Fast bowlers enjoy bowling at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff where there is lot of bounce and sideways movements. Batsmen have to be watchful on this track and those who get their eyes in are able to make use of the shorter boundaries on the square. Spinners do well here as the ball generates good turn and bounce.
It is a tricky wicket to bat on at the start of the game where there is lot of assistance for the bowlers. Most games at this venue in the recent years have been low scoring ones. The two games this season have seen the sides chasing the score emerge as winners. Hence, we see the side winning the toss to opt for batting first on this surface.
It is going to be a close contest between the two teams as they have been through similar form and performances right through this season. Glamorgan’s batting line-up has looked shaky throughout the season and this is one of the biggest issues bothering them. Somerset on the other hand has a much better side and would be expecting good show from their key players. It is expected to be a close game but Somerset has dominated the games between the two sides in the recent years and this will make them favorites in this one.
Somerset to win