Snow thwarted both Glamorgan and Sussex’s trips north last week, with their games at Headingley and Old Trafford both affected by the inclement weather.
An away trip to Yorkshire is not ideal first-up, but after some early setbacks Glamorgan recovered from 29 for 3 and 132 for 7 to post 330. Then, in the second innings, unbeaten hundreds from Billy Root (110) and Chris Cooke (102) allowed Glamorgan to declare and ask Yorkshire to chase 378 to win. Bad weather, and a need to sort out their over-rate, meant a win wasn’t to be.
Sussex started a new era under Ian Salisbury and, for a time, it felt like nothing had changed on the first day. It takes time to give a side a new start, and eventually Sussex grew into the game. Tom Haines scored 155 after his side had been 40 for 4 in the first innings.
They would have had a first-innings lead if it wasn’t for Dane Vilas’s efforts, the Lancashire captain who scored a dominating 189.
There was, however, encouraging signs for both sides, and they will go into this game both confident that they can win.
Chris Cooke, captain and Wicketkeeper, scored a handy century for Glamorgan that allowed him to declare – a declaration that might have helped win them the game at Headingley. With Ben Brown donning the gloves and leading the Sussex side, it could be a question of which of the captains performs better at their chosen skills.
Tom Haines started the season with two mature innings, which shows the amount of work he has been putting into his training. With a target to bat all day, he has now built his game to put that into practice. He helped Sussex out of a perilous position to reach 155. Without Phil Salt, Sussex’s batting has a frailty to it at times, and Haines could be the glue needed to hold it all together.
Sussex have named an unchanged squad for their trip to the Welsh capital, which means that Phil Salt isn’t available for the second game after injuring his foot.
Glamorgan Squad: Chris Cooke (c) (wk), Andy Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Tom Cullen, Dan Douthwaite, Michael Hogan, David Lloyd, Billy Root, Nick Selman, Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, Roman Walker, James Weighell
There is a change to the Glamorgan squad with Roman Walker replacing Jamie McIlroy, who has a side strain. James Weighell, the former Durham player, is expected to make his debut for Glamorgan after missing out on the team for the game against Yorkshire.
Sussex Squad: Ben Brown (c) (wk), Jack Carson, Tom Clark, Henry Crocombe, George Garton, Tom Haines, Sean Hunt, Stuart Meaker, Delray Rawlins, Ollie Robinson, Aaron Thomason, Stiaan van Zyl
Weather and Conditions
The good news for both sides is there isn’t any snow forecast. In fact, there should be sunny periods expected across all four days. The temperatures will remain spring-like in the early teens.
Date: 15-18 April 2021
Ground: Sophia Gardens Cardiff