Man of the Match: Hamish Rutherford
The battle for wooden spoon between Worcestershire Rapids and Glamorgan
Glamorgan to win
Worcestershire Rapids would play Glamorgan at their home ground Worcester in the last game for the two sides in this season of the T20 Blast. They are currently sitting in the last two positions in the points table and have lost all their hopes of making it to the next round. Glamorgan defeated table toppers Gloucestershire in the last game which will give them confidence while Worcestershire Rapids lost to the Birmingham Bears in their last game.
Worcestershire Rapids’ bowlers have let them down in this tournament as their batting line-up looked in good form throughout the season. As for Glamorgan the side was hit by inconsistency and despite having a good unit they haven’t played to their potential. With both the sides having been through similar run, we expect this one to be a good contest where the winners would go home with positivity.
It was yet another loss for Ed Barnard’s side where they lost to the Birmingham Bears by 16 runs. The story has been the same for the side as their bowlers have just not been able contain batsmen this season. As the side ends the season with this game Barnard would be looking to do it on a high.
Their batting has looked good and openers Hamish Rutherford and Jack Haynes have scored lots of runs this season. The side would want to see a good start from them in this game. Jake Libby, Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Cox make a very strong middle order for the side. In Ross Whitely, Barnard and Daryl Mitchell the side does have good strength down the order and they have done well right through this season.
It has been sorry state of affairs as far as their bowling attack is concerned. Everyone has been expensive and they just allow opponents to run away with the games. The side would require a good show from Charlie Morris and Adam Finch with the new ball. Patrick Brown, Mitchell and D’Oliveira have been expensive. Barnard has done well in the last few games and he will look to inspire others in his side to do well.
Ed Barnard (c), Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Brett D’Oliveira, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Daryl Mitchell, Patrick Brown, Adam Finch, Charlie Morris
|B D Oliveira||61||40||7||1||152.5|
Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Jack Haynes, Ed Barnard, Adam Finch, Charlie Morris, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley
It was a massive win for Chris Cooke’s side as they defeated the table toppers Gloucestershire by 17 runs in a high scoring game. In a season that has otherwise been bad for the side, Cooke would be happy with the performance of his players in the last game. As the next game pull down the curtains for them in the tournament Cooke would be looking to end the season on a winning note.
Their batting line-up did well in the last game the side would be expecting a good start from David Lloyd and Nicholas Selman. Lloyd played well in the last game and Andy Balbirnie was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved hundred. Kiran Carlson, Cooke and Daniel Douthwaite add strength to the lower middle order and they would be looking to play at their best in the last game.
On the bowling front Prem Sisodiya has enjoyed a very good season and he has troubled batsmen in most of the games. Andrew Salter also did well in the last game and brings in confidence with him. Timm van der Gugten and Graham Wagg have picked wickets in the last few games and they would look to put up a similar show in the next one.
Chris Cooke (c & wk), David Lloyd, Nicholas Selman, Andrew Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Daniel Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Ruaidhri Smith, Timm van der Gugten, Prem Sisodiya
|T van der Gugten||4.0||0||33||2||8.25|
|T van der Gugten||4.0||0||33||2||8.25|
Timm van der Gugten, Graham Wagg, David Lloyd, Nick Selman, Ruaidhri Smith, Prem Sisodiya, Andrew Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, Andy Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||9||0 mm.||1.9 k/h||From: N||1%|
|03h||7||0 mm.||2.65 k/h||From: N||0%|
|06h||4||0 mm.||2.35 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|09h||3||0 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: N||66%|
|12h||6||0 mm.||2.97 k/h||From: NNE||81%|
|15h||12||0 mm.||4.45 k/h||From: NE||64%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||3.51 k/h||From: NE||44%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||2.88 k/h||From: ENE||27%|
The weather at Worchester would be partly cloudy on September 20 but we should see lots of runs on this surface as has been the case in the last few games. There isn’t much for the bowlers on the surface as batsmen can play their strokes freely. The side that bats first would have to eye a score in excess of 170 runs to feel comfortable here.
New Road, Worcester is a small venue and over the years we have seen huge scores being made and chased at this venue. The ball comes onto the bat nicely and fast bowlers here have been bowling tight lines. The smaller dimensions of the ground make it a very tough one for the spinners.
It has been a great wicket here and we have seen lots of runs being scored. The track remains good for batting even in the second innings and has been a tough venue to set a score. The captain winning the toss would be looking to bowl first here to try and get the opposition out for a small total.
It has been a bad season for both the sides and they are already out of the contention for a place in the quarterfinals. Worcestershire Rapids have had it very bad especially with the ball where their attack has looked toothless. Glamorgan on the other hand would consider itself unlucky to have lost several close games. There isn’t much to choose between the two sides at the moment but Glamorgan has better balance in its side and would start favorites in this contest.
Glamorgan to win