Glamorgan will tour Cheltenham to face Gloucestershire in the T20 Blast following their defeat to Somerset on the opening day of the tournament. Openers Jeremy Lawlor and David Lloyd added 88 for the opening wicket in only 8.5 overs. In the next ten overs, they managed to score only 57. However, Colin Ingram raced to 28-ball 50* as he hit six consecutive boundaries from being 18 off 22. Somerset chased down the target of 181 for the loss of two wickets and two overs to spare.
Gloucestershire, on the other hand, completed a thrilling win against Leicestershire in the County Championship which served them as a warm-up for the T20 Blast. Late efforts with the ball from the hosts set them a target of 48 runs from 8 overs. Gloucester were three down for 24 in 5.5 overs and needed 24 from only 13 deliveries. They got those 24 runs in the next eight deliveries to win the game by 6 wickets.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan at the College Ground in Cheltenham.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This match can be streamed live on Gloucestershire County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.
The College Ground in Cheltenham hosted six T20 Blast matches since the start of 2016 out of which two games got washed out. In the four other matches, the average first innings score read 186. The teams batting first won twice after posting 190+ but failed to defend 152. Another high-scoring game is expected at this ground with the batting first side having an edge.
Average first innings score: 186 (Completed T20 Blast matches since 2016)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Andrew Tye, Tom Smith, David Payne, Matt Taylor.
Bench: Chris Liddle, Graeme van Buuren, Chris Dent.
Jeremy Lawlor, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (C), Chris Cooke (WK), Daniel Douthwaite, Billy Root, Andrew Salter, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan.
Bench: Owen Morgan, Lukas Carey, Fakhar Zaman.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Benny Howell didn’t have greatest of times with the bat during the 2018 T20 Blast where he scored only 137 runs from nine innings. However, with the ball, he ended up as his team’s 2nd highest wicket-taker despite missing three games. Howell took 17 wickets at an average of 19.29 across 11 matches he played in the last season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
After their performances in the first game, Glamorgan’s top three Colin Ingram, David Lloyd and Jeremy Lawlor will be the most preferred multipliers. Michael Klinger might be a reputation pick but has been far from his prime. All-rounders Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins and Graham Wagg will have a key role to play in this game. Marchant de Lange and Andrew Tye could turn out to be X-factor for their respective teams with the ball.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – James Bracey
Batsmen – Colin Ingram (C), Michael Klinger, Jeremy Lawlor, David Lloyd, Ian Cockbain
All-Rounders – Benny Howell (VC), Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Andrew Tye, Andrew Salter, Michael Hogan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Chris Cooke
Batsmen – Colin Ingram, Miles Hammond, David Lloyd (VC), Ian Cockbain
All-Rounders – Graham Wagg, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins (C)
Bowlers – Marchant de Lange, Andrew Tye, David Payne
Fakhar Zaman missed out from Glamorgan’s opening game due to Sporting VISA issue. At the time of writing this article, there is no update on Fakhar’s availability and hence not been included in our suggested XIs.
Glamorgan is expected to bounce back by registering their first win of the tournament.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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