Both these South group teams will be hoping to inch closer to the top of the table as the tournament progresses, wet weather is becoming a deciding factor in the competition which means less margin for error in each outing. Both sides are relatively close to each other on the NatWest T20 Blast table, Glamorgan sit 4th while Essex are currently placed in 6th position. The key differences between Glamorgan and Essex are their win/loss ratios, Glamorgan have only managed to complete three out of their six matches due to weather-affected results but have managed to sneak two wins and one loss. Essex on the other hand have been appalling, they’ve completed all six of their matches and have only managed to win a total of two games with an additional four losses.
perilously walking a tight rope as they narrowly avoided sinking to the bottom of the south group table, Essex will need to string some wins together if they’re to get their campaign back on track, and more importantly put themselves back in contention for the main prize. Had it not been for Ravi Bopara’s four-wicket haul against Hampshire, they may have found themselves in hot water as they have done for the majority of the tournament so far. As expected, Ravi Bopara has dominated on his home turf and has been hands down Essex’s most consistent performer with the bat in hand, his bowling has been an added bonus. Out of his six appearances, Bopara has scored under 20 with the bat just once, finishing the previous match unbeaten on eleven. He’s scored 242 runs including two half-centuries, also adding 9 wickets with the ball in hand with his crafty medium pacers. The last time these two sides met earlier this month, Varun Chopra gave Glamorgan an absolute hiding as he smashed an unbeaten century off just 59 deliveries, he’s one to look out for given his previous performance. Paul Walter has easily been Essex’s best bowler alongside Bopara so far with 10 wickets, while Pakistani quick Mohammad Amir hasn’t been overly impressive as of yet.
Glamorgan have lost opening batsman David Lloyd with a forearm injury that is reported to keep him out for 2-4 weeks, luckily they have a secret weapon up their sleeve for this next match which should add further excitement to the build up. Glamorgan will welcome South Africa’s David Miller as an overseas signing and is now available for the next six T20 Blast matches which should bolster the batting line-up significantly. Keeping in mind that Miller’s form of late hasn’t been up to his lofty-standards, domestic T20 competitions are Miller’s specialty as a dominant batsman in this format. A similar story-line to Essex’s Varun Chopra when these two teams last met at Chelmsford, Colin Ingram became the second centurion of the match as he surpassed Chopra’s 103 and clocked up a strike rate of 207.27 which got Glamorgan over the line in a mammoth run chase. In just five appearances so far in the NatWest T20 Blast, Ingram has scored two centuries which signals a flashing red light for opposition teams, he has the potential to win a game off his own bat which is horrifying as a opposition bowler. Fast-medium pacer Michael Hogan has been Glamorgan’s go-to bowler for wickets, picking up two wickets in almost every match. South Africa’s Marchant de Lange has been expensive in the runs department despite picking up wickets, he had his best game against Sussex just recently picking up 2-25 in a washed out result.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Glamorgan
- Colin Ingram
- Jacques Rudolph
- Michael Hogan
- David Miller
- Chris Cooke
Top 5 fantasy picks | Essex
- Ravi Bopara
- Paul Walter
- Varun Chopra
- Mohammad Amir
- Ryan ten Doeschate
Glamorgan (possible) – 1. Aneurin Donald 2. Nick Selman 3. Colin Ingram 4. Jacques Rudolph (c) 5. David Miller 6. Chris Cooke (wk) 7. Graham Wagg 8. Craig Meschede 9. Marchant de Lange 10. Timm van der Gugten 11. Michael Hogan.
Essex (possible) – 1. Adam Wheater 2. Varun Chopra 3. Dan Lawrence 4. Ravi Bopara 5. Ryan ten Doeschate (c) 6. Ashar Zaidi 7. James Foster (wk) 8. Paul Walter 9. Simon Harmer 10. Mohammad Amir 11. Matt Dixon/Jamie Porter.