Date & Time: Saturday, August 29, 18:30 IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol, England
And, here comes Glamorgan And Gloucestershire to entertain fans on this weekend. Both sides had one point each after being affected by rain god in their respective season opening games. However, both teams are up and raring to go to prove their worth in the middle and start tournament on a good note.
Miles Hammond and Ian Cockbain were among the top scorers for Gloucestershire in the last Blast season with 322 and 277 runs at an average of 26 and 34 respectively. David Payne picked up 16 wickets for Gloucestershire last year from 13 matches with best figures of 3/32. He bowled at an average of 21 and an economy of 7.38.
On the other hand, Glamorgan, in 2019, ended at the bottom in their Vitality Blast group. The team finished the group stage with 1 win and 8 losses from 14 matches. Among the Glamorgan batters, Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie, captain Chris Cooke and Billy Root are expected to be among the runs. In bowling, Andrew Salter will be key for Glamorgan.
Jack Taylor (c), Chris Dent (wk), Ian Cockbain, Matt Taylor, Miles Hammond, Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins, George Scott, George Hankins, James Bracey, David Payne
Chris Cooke (c & wk), Andrew Balbirnie, Billy Root, Callum Taylor, Graham Wagg, Kiran Carlson, Timm van der Gugten, Marchant de Lange, Lukas Carey, Michael Hogan, Andrew Salter
Finally, there comes a pitch, which is helpful for both batsmen and the bowlers. The moisture on the wicket and also the quickness of the wicket would help the bowlers. Batsmen need to be on top and need to careful with their shots. All in all, a good game between the ball and bat is expected from this clash.
The Irish batsman is very eager to make his mark in the tournament. The flamboyant batsman has score century against England and looking forward to delivering for his side in the county cricket. Further, conditions suit him better.
Cockbain has been brilliant for Gloucestershire over the years and delivering goods on a consistent basis. He got the knack of scoring runs with ease and produces match-winning knocks more often than not.
The lanky fast bowler is in absolute form. Not only with the ball, he has improved his skills to knock runs for his team down the order. Further, he bowls the crucial overs for his side, which would give him an opportunity to pick wickets. Thus, he is our must-have player.
He has got good stats with the ball and also bats in the middle-order. It seems like the conditions suit him better to make things fall in place. We chose him as the big bet for this game because of all-round skills.
He has got good stats but unfortunately, Hankins isn’t fitting in our team. To bring balance, we went with other options for this game.