Glamorgan versus Hampshire: Vitality Blast Twenty20

After indifferent weather all day it turned out nice for this evening’s Twenty20 match at Sophia Gardens between Glamorgan and Hampshire. It was a good night for Glamorgan too, as they won by 8 wickets, making it a run of five victories in a row.

Glamorgan won the toss asked Hampshire to bat. Openers Vince and Roussow got the visitors off to a flying start, putting on 58 in less than five overs, before Vince was well caught by David Lloyd (returning to the side after injury) off Hogan.

Glamorgan’s quicker bowlers were expensive but spinners Salter (2 for 16 off 4) and Ingram (1-10 off 2) and medium-pacer Meschede (3 for 21 off 4) established control after the power play, and wickets fell as the Hampshire batsmen struggled to accelerate from their good base and frustration set in. From 90 for 1 in the 8th over they could only manage 151 off their 20. Graham Wagg bowled the last three overs from the Cathedral Road end for just 16. When everyone had expected Hampshire to accelerate, they slowed down dramatically thanks to fine bowling and fielding. The catching, in particular, was outstanding: wickets resulted from mistimed slogs, some of which went very high indeed. No chances went down.

With a target of 152 to win, Glamorgan were favourites, the only real worry being complacency. Donald fell early, run out by a direct hit while clearly not paying attention. That brought Colin Ingram to the crease and he immediately started to play his shots. There were one or two near misses early on, lofted shots just clearing the infield, but when he got into his stride the match was never in doubt. He finished on 71 not out, including four huge sixes and six fours.

Meschede fell with the score on 101, but Kieran Carlson played confidently to finish unbeaten on 31.

Needing a miracle with the score on 146 for 2, Hampshire brought Dale Steyn back on the 16th over. After a single from Carlson, Ingram clouted one to the fine leg boundary for four. The scores were level. Two dot balls followed, then Steyn bowled a bouncer that took off, Ingram ducked and the ball went through the wicketkeepers gloves for four byes. Game over.

8 Responses to “Glamorgan versus Hampshire: Vitality Blast Twenty20”

  1. Simon Kemp Says:

    I hadn’t realised you were going tonight, your viewpoint seems a bit straighter than mine, high up to the left of the pitch. A fine evening, bit cold at the end. Five consecutive T20 wins is a record for Glamorgan, and I attended two of those, both of which were resounding wins. Last Sunday at the Old Deer Park, Glamorgan beat Middlesex by 7 wickets with 7 overs to spare, and tonight won by 8 wickets with 4 overs to spare. However the Middlesex and Hampshire innings had rather different forms, Middlesex were 42-6 after 10 overs and recovered relatively to 131 all out in 20, while as you say Hampshire started well and were 98-3 in 10 and only got 151-8 in 20. Who says all 20 over games are the same? Anyway it
    seems Hampshire’s bad run may be down to only having two batsmen in form.
    Losing three Australian batsmen doesn’t seem to have done Glamorgan any harm at all, sometimes trusting in your long-term and/or home-grown players can give better results. And if Ingram keeps hitting the ball out of the ground, they could go far.

    • telescoper Says:

      Well, two consecutive defeats (including a complete thrashing at Sussex) mean that Glamorgan may not progress after all. They are in 4th place, but are only one point above Sussex who have a game in hand and are playing well.

      Glamorgan’s last match is on Friday against Surrey, who also have a game in hand and are threw points behind.

      If Glamorgan beat Surrey they will finish no lower than 5th but depending on how Sussex do they might not go through.

  2. Simon Kemp Says:

    I guess everyone got a bit excited after Glamorgan had a week playing and beating the three lower-placed teams, Middlesex, Essex, and Hampshire, who are having a terrible year despite seemingly having good teams.
    And Surrey won again tonight, which doesn’t help, though I feel Glamorgan have a good recent record v Surrey.
    And it’s the third time within three weeks that Glamorgan are all out in the 80s v Sussex. At least I wasn’t there this time, though I did see some of it on the intermet. And the two bowlers who took most of the wickets this time didn’t even play in the earlier game. Sussex should be the best team in the country, so they must be wildly inconsistent. So gamorgan may yet go through…

    • telescoper Says:

      My prediction is Glamorgan will finish 6th.

    • telescoper Says:

      Sussex just beat Gloucestershire so they go 4th. They play bottom club Middlesex tomorrow. If they win they finish in 4th place whatever happens between Glamorgan and Surrey.

  3. Simon Kemp Says:

    Yes, none of this week’s results have gone Glamorgan’s way so it doesn’t look too hopeful, good wins for Sussex and Kent tonight v the previous top two in the table. And Surrey are still in contention so they won’t be throwing in the towel against Glamorgan either.
    Still, this will be the fifth season in a row in which Glamorgan have either made the quarter-finals (in 2014, 2016, 2017) or at least been in contention for making them during their last group game (in 2015 they lost a 5-over thrash v Gloucs which they had to win). if they don’t make it I guess Glamorgan fans can change their allegiance to Sussex, who have Phil Salt, a young batsman from North Wales.
    But if they don’t make it it’ll be a fairly bleak end to the season, with only 6 4-day games to go and no overseas batsman.

    • telescoper Says:

      And so it came to pass. Sussex deservedly go through after beating Middlesex. Glamorgan go out after losing by the D/L method.

  4. Simon Kemp Says:

    Well Glamorgan put a good total on the board despite tailing off a bit at the end of their innings, but Surrey’s good start meant they were always going to win under the DLS method. Interestingly, if Glamorgan had beaten Sussex last Tuesday, or in their previous group game at Cardiff, they would have got through, but it’s probably telling that those games were Glamorga’s biggest defeats during the campaign. Sussex can be very good on their day. Glamorgan won all 5 games against the three teams who finished below them, and won only 2 out of 9 games against the teams who finished above them, which seems a clear division of talent. Can we play Middlesex twice please?

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