Vitality Blast
Sun 30 August, 14:00

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

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Glamorgan

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Vitality Blast Report: Glamorgan v Bears

There were seven balls remaining when the Birmingham Bears won their first T20 Blast game of the the summer, but Glamorgan will rue the fact that no one supported their captain Chris Cooke (72) in their disappointing total of 140 for 9.

The Bears’ batsmen showed a more disciplined approach, with all their batsmen playing useful innings- this after their five- man attack had restricted the home batsmen to a below par score.

The Bears, chasing a moderate 141 to win, lost an early wicket when Prem Sisodyia, Glamorgan’s left-arm spinner dismissed Ed Pollock with his second ball, but Adam Hose soon made his intentions clear, by striking Andrew Salter for four then lofting the off spinner over long on for six.

After he was dropped in the gully on 14, Hose continued to play freely on both sides of the wicket, and with the 38yr old Ian Bell in his usual sublime form, the second wicket pair continued to dominate.

They had put on 64 in 8.2 overs, before Glamorgan  made the next breakthrough, when Marchant De Lange bowled Hose, then in the following over, Bell was mortified to see a long hop from Salter end up in deep mid- wicket’s hands.

The Bears were well placed at the half- way stage, and with five overs remaining, needed a further thirty five to win, but after losing Will Rhodes  for 16, the run rate increased and eighteen were needed from the final two overs.

Tim Van Der Gugten delivered the penultimate over and was plundered for twenty two run by Sam Hain and Michael Burgess, including a six from a no ball to end the game. 

Glamorgan, who elected to bat, were soon in trouble, losing their first wicket to Olly Stone’s first ball and the seventh of the innings, and at the end of the first power play were 45 for 3. Stone, in only his second competitive game of the season, bowled within himself, and claimed two wickets in the innings.

Cooke had rescued his team the previous day, top scoring with an unbeaten half century, and much depended on him if Glamorgan were to set the opposition a challenging total. While his teammates found ways of getting themselves out – two were caught on the mid-wicket boundary, Cooke was selective in his shot selection.

 Jake Lintott, a 27 yr old left-arm spinner, who has played only four previous T20 games with Hampshire, and was making his Bears debut, made the most of a slow pitch with some turn, and ended with the excellent figures of 4-0-13-1.

Vitality Blast Preview: Glamorgan v Bears

England star Dom Sibley is back with Birmingham Bears “like he’s never been away” as they prepare for their Vitality Blast visit to Glamorgan tomorrow.

Opener Sibley will return to Bears action in Cardiff after sharing the frustration of all last night when their opening game against Somerset was washed out.

With Glamorgan’s opener, at home to Worcestershire on Thursday, having also been abandoned, both sides are keener than ever to hit the ground running as a group stage already truncated by the pandemic is compacted further by the weather.

For their first T20 meeting with Glamorgan since beating them in the semi-finals in 2017, the Bears are delighted to have Sibley back among them, says captain Will Rhodes.

“It’s great to have Dom back in the  group,. He is a big character to have around and it is always great to have your England players back in the side. It’s like he’s never been away.

Will Rhodes

“We are all champing at the bit more than ever to get going after being kept waiting last night. It was disappointing but nobody can do anything about the weather. It seems like we have had to wait an incredibly long time to get to the T20 this year and now we have to wait a little bit longer.

“Glamorgan are in exactly the same position so they will be just as keen as us to make a good start so it will be a really exciting match. They are one of the sides in the group that we haven’t played much in recent years so it will be a good test.”

Sibley’s return adds to the international clout in a Bears squad which also includes England T20 World Cup winner Tim Bresnan who will make his Bears Blast debut.

Also in contention for his Bears Blast bow is left-arm spinner Jake Lintott. The 27-year-old, who is director of cricket at Queen’s College, Taunton, has played four T20s for Hampshire and Gloucestershire in the last two seasons and is now on trial at Edgbaston.

“We all know how effective spin can be in T20,” said Rhodes. “Jake has come into the squad and gives us another really good option along with Jeetan Patel and Alex Thomson.”

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