Glamorgan versus Yorkshire
Following the Natwest T20 Blast between Sussex and Glamorgan a couple of weeks ago, I decided tonight to follow Glamorgan’s progress in the competition in their Quarter-final match in Cardiff against Yorkshire.
The SWALEC Stadium – just down the road from my house – wasn’t quite full for the match, but there was a healthy crowd of about 10,000, including lots of families with kids. Part of the reason for that must be the fact that tickets were cheap: £10 for adults and a fiver for kids. Adult tickets for the match at Hove were £26 each…
Anyway, although it was cloudy and not particularly warm, at least it stayed dry.
Yorkshire won the toss and batted, getting off to an excellent start largely thanks to the positive batting of David Willey. They reached 101 for 1 of just 9 overs, suggesting the real possibility of a score of over 200. However, they lost wickets in quick succession – including that of top scorer Willey for 79 (off just 38 balls) and their innings stuttered, eventually closing on 180 for 8. That’s a good score, but Glamorgan were probably pleased to have restricted Yorkshire to nine an over.
Having watched Glamorgan’s batsmen struggle against Sussex I wasn’t exactly filled with confidence that they would reach Yorkshire’s total. They got off to a calamitous start, with opener Lloyd playing on to his first ball from Bresnan. From then on they never looked like coping with the Yorkshire bowling and were eventually bowled out in 13 overs for 90, just half of Yorkshire’s score. And it could have been worse: at one point they were 37 for 6.
Anyway this leaves only four teams in the competition: Durham, Northants, Notts and Yorkshire. All – you will notice – from the Midlands.Follow @telescoper