Three spots have been filled for the – as ever – much anticipated T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston in a little over two weeks’ time. Glamorgan will host Yorkshire this evening to see if they can become the only team from the South Group to make it to Birmingham.
In an interview with the Yorkshire CCC website, opening batsman Adam Lyth discussed the upcoming match and the possible factors that may affect the visiting – and hosting – side.
“We’ve not played against them that much and we don’t really play down there so it’s a bit new,” Lyth said.
“Obviously with all the analysts now we have our plans. We know Jacques Rudolph very well and how he goes about captaining and playing himself.
“All we can do is do what works for us and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
Lyth himself has been in pretty good form of late having started well in the 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup and has brought that form into the T20 competition.
The team should however be wary of the big talents in the Glamorgan side. Not only have they got former international stars in the form of South African Jacques Rudolph and Australian Shaun Tait, but they also have Colin Ingram – the top six-hitter of the tournament – Michael Hogan and Timm van der Gugten.
The final man in that list has the best figures for any bowler who has more than 12 wickets to his name this season at 14.5 runs per each of his 17 wickets.
Despite having more statistics to their name than Yorkshire, Glamorgan’s last five matches have not reaped much reward, and it’s Yorkshire travelling south with four wins in their last five matches.
While Chris Cooke and Ruaidhri Smith are absent from the squad list due to back and side strain injuries respectively, the Glamorgan team is unchanged from their last T20 Blast fixture.
Glamorgan squad: Jacques Rudolph (capt.), Will Bragg, Dean Cosker, Aneurin Donald, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan, Colin Ingram, David Lloyd, Craig Meschede, Owen Morgan, Andrew Salter, Nick Selman, Shaun Tait, Graham Wagg, Mark Wallace.
Yorkshire have very little to report, the usual suspects are absent on England duty (Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance) but Adil Rashid has not received his call-up and therefore will play in Cardiff.
Yorkshire squad: Alex Lees (C), Tim Bresnan, Karl Carver, Ryan Gibson, Andrew Hodd (wkt), Jack Leaning, Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Will Rhodes, Matthew Waite, David Willey.
Glamorgan’s Colin Ingram is able to boast the accolade of ‘top six-hitter’ in this year’s T20 Blast campaign. His ability to strike the ball out of the ground is second to none and, although he might not have shown huge consistency in the immediate past, his 101 from 56 against Essex and 54 from 37 against Somerset demonstrate his abilities admirably.
Yorkshire’s middle order has benefitted in the more recent stages of their T20 Blast campaign from the exceptional form of Jack Leaning. His scores in the last three matches read as follows: 64 from 29, 30 from 14, 32 from 11. The strike rates of those innings articulate just how destructive Leaning can be in the middle or even the closing overs and his potential to add a considerable number of runs to his team’s total in very few balls.
Weather and Conditions
There seems to be little of note happening in terms of the weather in Cardiff – the players should take to the field in a little sun but it will soon be completely cloudy, hovering around the 17-degree mark.
Date Thursday 11th August 2016
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Odds: Glamorgan 11/10, Yorkshire 8/11