The last games of both Sussex and Glamorgan were abandoned due to rain.
Expect the Sussex Sharks to win.
The Sussex Sharks have managed to maintain their hold at the 2nd position in the table despite having no results in their last two games due to rain. They still remain unbeaten this season with 3 wins and 8 points and are looking to establish themselves at the top as they enter the second half. Sussex’s next assignment is against Glamorgan who are at the 5th position in the table with 2 wins 3 losses and 5 points. Glamorgan has a lot to prove and a win against a top side like Sussex will really help.
The Sussex Sharks would be disappointed at not getting any result from their last two matches. They had started the season with 3 wins in a row and would have loved to continue that momentum.
So far, opener Philip Salt has been the batting mainstay for the team and has scored 162 runs in 3 innings with 2 fifties. Captain Luke Wright, who had missed the first two matches due to injury, looked in great touch in his last match against Essex where he smashed 75 off 44 balls to help his team chase down a target of 129 with ease. Travis Head and Ravi Bopara bolster their middle-order and David Wiese, their leading run-getter last season, must be itching to get going as well.
Sussex Sharks' bowling this year has again been led by George Garton who was their highest wicket-taker last season. Garton already has 8 wickets in 4 matches at an incredible economy of 5.15. He will be their most important weapon in this match. Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan make this attack even stronger. It will also be interesting to see how 16-year-old leg-spinner Archie Lenham, who has impressed so far, does on this pitch.
Philip Salt (wk), Luke Wright (c), Travis Head, Ravi Bopara, David Wiese, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Will Beer, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham
Glamorgan have had an inconsistent start to the season, winning 2 games and losing 3, and need to pick up their momentum fast. Their last match against Somerset was abandoned without a ball being bowled but before that, they had beaten Middlesex by 21 runs which must have given them some confidence.
Glamorgan’s batting has mainly revolved around Marnus Labuschagne this season. The Australian batsman has held the middle-order together and is the leading run-getter for the team with 261 runs in 5 matches and 3 fifties. Colin Ingram, the hard-hitting South African, showed how dangerous he can be in the last match against Middlesex where he smacked a sensational 75 off 48 balls while the others crumbled around him. Captain David Lloyd, Kiran Carlson, and Callum Taylor are yet to fire and that’s a concern for the team.
Daniel Douthwaite has been Glamorgan’s best bowler this season with 8 wickets in 5 matches at an economy of 6.93. Timm van der Gugten, who was their leading wicket-taker last summer, found his form in the last match against Middlesex with a terrific spell of 3-16 in 4 overs. Marnus Labuschagne has been impressive with his spin and he could be useful on this surface too.
Nicholas Selman, David Lloyd (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Ingram, Kiran Carlson, Tom Cullen (wk), Daniel Douthwaite, Callum Taylor, Ruaidhri Smith, Prem Sisodiya, Timm van der Gugten
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||0.20 mm.||10.53 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|03h||12||3.83 mm.||11.16 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|06h||11||5.76 mm.||10.98 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|09h||11||1.71 mm.||10.62 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||9.13 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|15h||14||0 mm.||6.79 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||5.53 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||4.38 k/h||From: NE||97%|
The County Ground at Hove is a good T20 wicket. It isn’t a typically high-scoring venue but generally favors the batsmen. However, the bowlers do get some purchase too. Spinners, particularly, have done well on this wicket.
Some showers are expected on the day of the match so we might have a shortened game.
The average first innings score at Hove in the T20 Blast is 166. However, the average first innings winning score here is 185. Five totals of 200+ have been achieved here in the T20 Blast with the highest being 222-3 by Sussex against Somerset in 2016.
There are chances of rain on the day of the match and the team winning the toss is hence likely to bat second.
All the last 4 completed matches between the Sussex Sharks and Glamorgan have been won by Sussex. Moreover, this is their home venue which gives them a further edge. Glamorgan has looked good on a couple of instances but have fizzled off on the others. They need some consistency, particularly from their batting order which is too dependent on a couple of batsmen. Sussex looks a much better all-round side between the two and they will begin as favorites for this clash.
Expect the Sussex Sharks to win.