Glamorgan Denied The Spoils!

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Both Glamorgan and Somerset fans were cruelly denied the result they wanted when persistent mizzle/rain scuppered proceedings at the SSE Swalec Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday night. Full credit to everyone who did their level best to get the game on, and then attempt to get the match completed. The game started 35 minutes late after Somerset won the toss and elected to field but the match was called off at 21.25 BST giving each side a consolation point. Here is the table going into Sunday's fixture.

Team P W L T NR RR Pts
Hampshire 3 3 0 0 0 1.167 6
Kent 3 2 1 0 0 0.196 4
Surrey 4 2 2 0 0 -0.202 4
Gloucester 2 1 0 1 0 0.28 3
Glamorgan 3 1 1 0 1 -0.1 3
Middlesex 3 1 1 1 0 -0.243 3
Essex 3 1 2 0 0 0.068 2
Somerset 3 0 2 0 1 -0.65 1
Sussex 2 0 2 0 0 -0.925 0
Last updated 15 July 2017 at 23.48

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LOTS TO SAVOUR AT THE SSE SWALEC STADIUM DESPITE RAIN!

Despite the curtailment and the consequent disappointment there was plenty to savour including a belligerent 39 from 21 balls for Colin Ingram and then a crafted, cultured and measured knock of 65 not out from T20 captain Jacques Rudolph. One had to be impressed with the 36 year-old South African's innings and it is hard to comprehend that he will be leaving the sport at the end of the current season. One readily accepts his reasons for retiring but clearly he still has lots to offer and the innings he fashioned in these conditions should not be lost on the younger players who witnessed it.

JACQUES RUDOLPH GIVES MASTERCLASS

Rudolph proved that even in the T20 Blast format it is possible to build an innings. He had a good look at the bowling and the pitch whilst Ingram was at the crease with him and his first six scoring shots were all singles, in fact of his first 14 scoring strokes 13 of those were singles. At that stage a less experienced batsman would have got anxious but he always looked in control. Coming to the crease at 40-2 (4.2 overs) he helped rotate the strike but significantly did not hit his second boundary until the 13th over. The last 17 deliveries he faced was hit for 46 runs and one sensed he was about to blitz off the last three overs had the game continued.

REVERSE SWEEP OFF GROENEWALD WAS SHOT OF THE NIGHT!

He showed his class scoring on all parts of the ground hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes. The shots included hits down the ground including a lofted six, a couple of timed and powerful leg-side boundaries and a nice cut in the vacant third-man area but the shot of the game was when he reversed-sweeped Tim Groenewald over point for six! Bearing in mind the bowler was skidding them through at 80mph plus it was some feat! Ultimately he scored 65 not out from just 37 balls and had his side faced the full 20 overs Glamorgan would have swept past 200.

CATCH OF THE MATCH

Somerset spinner Roelof van der Merwe was the most economical bowler with 0-29 in 4 overs whilst Aneurin Donald (24) and Chris Cooke (21) scored quick runs for the Welsh county. The catch of the match belonged to Max Waller when he caught the unfortunate Andrew Salter off his own bowling. The number 5 had scratched around for 11 deliveries scoring five singles and then smashed on back, presumably past the bowler, but Waller stuck out a palm and somehow the ball stuck in the centre of it. Salter could not believe his misfortune and it took a while for his dismissal to sink in. Welcome to sport and its fine margins! The leg-spinner went on to take his second catch of the day when catching Chris Cooke just as he was delivering extra momentum.

TEAMS AND OFFICIALS

Glamorgan: David Lloyd, Aneurin Donald, Colin Ingram, Jacques Rudolph (captain), Andrew Salter, Chris Cooke (wicket-keeper), Graham Wagg, Criag Meschede, Marchant De Lange, Timm van der Gugten and Michael Hogan.

Somerset: Jim Allenby (captain), Steve Davies (wicket-keeper), Peter Trego, Adam Hose, James Hildreth, Michael Leask, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Gregory, Criag Overton, Tim Groenewald and Max Waller.

Officials: Graham Lloyd, Robert Robinson and Steve O'Shaughnessy.

IT'S A BIT CRAZY BUT...

Regarding fixtures, both teams that played face rapid turn-arounds. Glamorgan take on Essex whilst Somerset confront Middlesex at Uxbridge. The weather forecast looks far better today so 2pts at stake and if the Welsh county can manage a win it will take them to 5 for the campaign so far. The captain did express his concern about playing two T20 Blast fixtures 200 miles apart inside 24 hours and said: "It's a bit crazy but it's mind over matter and we just have to get on with it." This match starts at 2.30pm at the Clouldfm County Ground in Chelmsford.

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