Sunday, 4 July 2010

Dragon slayers?

We've had to wait till 5 weeks into the Twenty20 contest this year to get a Glamorgan match, and this is the first time the two sides have ever met in the T20 contest, so which way will it go?

The last game I saw Glamorgan in was the televised Hampshire game in which Jimmy Adams scored a brilliant hundred (no shame in having Jimmy Adams score a hundred against you!) and they looked desperately poor, both with the ball - Croft aside - and in the field, but we shouldn't under estimate them.

They've been unlucky to lose Tait, he was superb for them in their early games but he's now moved on to destroying England (for the record, I think the bowlers lost us that game yesterday, not the batsmen) and their bowling stocks aren't terribly strong.  Their squad is J Allenby, MJ Cosgrove, JWM Dalrymple (captain), TL Maynard, BJ Wright, GP Rees, DO Brown, MA Wallace (wicket-keeper), DA Cosker, RDB Croft, CP Ashling, HT Waters and WT Owen and on paper you'd say there are bowlers in there who could be targeted.  Cosgrove, Maynard and Allenby are all talented batsmen who could get at us though.

Hopefully we'll have Symonds back in the side, his lower order power is essential even if it wasn't necessary on Friday.  There's no announcement of the squad on the official website but I would expect Younus to be the man to drop out since Davies is not available and Lancefield is a better option opening up.  Spriegel has probably earned himself another go, his bowling was excellent on Friday and I would assume Batty and Nel will not be risked.

I hate to say it again, but this is an important game, we're equal on points with Essex, Somerset and Hampshire but behind on run rate and the former two have a game in hand.  Middlesex, two points behind, also have a game in hand and are also ahead on run rate (damn that Gloucestershire game!).  Its so close in this division and we'll have just four games left after this one, two at home, two away, clearly we need to bank the two points today and ideally in emphatic fashion!

1 comment:

Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Yes, dragon slayers. I absolutely assume you to beat them. They are currently off the rails for some reason, shouldn't be a problem, if you retain the form and spirit of the last matches. Well of course if Cos, Maynard, Rees and the likes manage to team up they'll have a good total on the board fairly quickly, but they are carrying a package of recent defeats, which will make them twitchy, while Surrey can ride the momentum.


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