Glamorgan’s big challenge against a strong Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire to win
Gloucestershire would take on Glamorgan in the next game of the Central Group in the T20 Blast 2020. Both the sides got a point each as their respective games were washed away by rain. They would have definitely liked to have spent some time in the middle but the weather gods had different ideas. A win would be the top priority in both the camps in this game as the shortened season increases the importance of each game this year.
Gloucestershire had done well last season and even in lead up to this to tournament most of their players have looked in good form. They would be raring to go out and perform and win this game. As for Glamorgan they would want to avoid their show from previous year where they have managed just one win. There are good players on either camps and this will make this game pretty interesting.
Jack Taylor would have liked to have spent time of the field in the last game but that wasn’t to be with the rains around. As he settles into his new role as skipper of the side Taylor would like to begin with a win. He has some very exciting players in his squad which will give him lot of confidence ahead of this game.
Miles Hammond and Ian Cockbain will look to provide a good start to the side. Both these players possess range of strokes to do well in this game. In Jack Taylor they have a good player in the middle order and he would be well supported by James Bracey and Ryan Higgins. The side bats deep with Matt Taylor, Graeme van Buuren and Tom Smith down the order.
Josh Shaw and Matt Taylor will be eying early wickets with the new ball. They had done well previous season and shall carry some confidence from it. Tom Smith and Higgins are good with the ball in the middle overs and can also bowl well at the depth. With David Payne and Graeme van Buuren in the mix their bowling looks very strong.
Jack Taylor (c), Chris Dent(wk), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Graeme van Buuren, James Bracey, Ryan Higgins, George Scott, Tom Smith, Josh Shaw, Matt Taylor, David Payne
Chris Dent, David Payne, GLV Buuren, Matthew David Taylor, Jack Taylor, Miles Hammond, George Scott, Ryan Higgins, Tom Smith, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey
With their first game against the Worcestershire Rapids being washed away skipper Chris Cooke’s side is heading into a big contest. They are without some of their biggest stars from the last season which adds to the pressure. Cooke will have to get the best out of resources he has and expect his young players are able to deliver their best performance in this game.
The side will need a good start from Andrew Balbirnie and Billy Root. Both of them have the skills to score quick runs out there in the middle. Kiran Carlson, Owen Morgan and Graham Wagg the middle order has players who bring several years of experience in this format of the game. Chris Cooke and Timm van der Gugten will look to finish things off in style in the final overs of the game.
Marchant de Lange and Timm van der Gugten have done well in this tournament in the past and they will look to make good use of their experience with the new ball. Michael Hogan is another bowler who is known for bowling tight spells and the side would rely on him. Prem Sisodiya and Daniel Douthwaite will need to keep their line tight for the side to do well in this game.
Chris Cooke (c & wk), Andrew Balbirnie, Billy Root, Kiran Carlson, Daniel Douthwaite, Michael Hogan, Marchant de Lange, Owen Morgan, Timm van der Gugten, Graham Wagg, Prem Sisodiya
Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Billy Root, Prem Sisodiya, Andrew Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, Andy Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: WSW||21%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: SW||80%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: SSE||94%|
|09h||20||1.91 mm.||1.75 k/h||From: SSW||99%|
|12h||21||1.63 mm.||0.68 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|15h||21||1.40 mm.||2.45 k/h||From: SSE||100%|
|18h||21||4.30 mm.||4.41 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|21h||21||5.18 mm.||2.75 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
The last game was washed away and we might have a similar scene on August 29 as heavy rains are predicted for the day. It will be tough conditions to bat on in the game and batsmen will need to be cautious against the new ball before they start freeing their arms. It is expected to be a low scoring game and having 160 runs on the board should serve well for the side that bats first.
The Bristol County Ground balances it out between the batsmen as well as the bowlers making it a good T20 venue. Batsmen can score runs once they get their eyes set in due to the small size of the boundaries here. Fast bowlers have done well here in the past but the spinners have always had their struggle.
The weather is expected to play cat and mouse and hence batting conditions here would be pretty tough to being with. In a rain curtailed game the side chasing the score always has the advantage. This will play in the minds of both the captains and the one that wins the toss is likely to opt to bat first here.
Gloucestershire have a decent side going into this game and the big advantage for the side is its batting line-up that bats deep as the team is filled with quality all-rounders. Glamorgan have a good combination of players but over the last few seasons we haven’t really seen them play well as a unit. This will put additional pressure on them in this game. Gloucestershire have good knowledge of these conditions and this will make them favorites in this game.
Gloucestershire to win