Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Glamorgan vs Somerset Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Glamorgan vs Somerset taking place? Thursday 18th July, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Glamorgan vs Somerset taking place? Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

What is the expected weather for Glamorgan vs Somerset? 21c with cloud but no rain expected

What television channel is Glamorgan vs Somerset on? Glamorgan vs Somerset will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Glamorgan vs Somerset? Glamorgan vs Somerset will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Glamorgan vs Somerset? Tickets for the match can still be purchased here!

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Somerset beat Glamorgan by 29 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

GLAMORGAN

Coach: Matthew Maynard

Captain: Colin Ingram

  • Glamorgan finished sixth in last season’s Vitality Blast, missing out on knockout qualification by only two points but they have a new coach for this season’s campaign, with former player Matthew Maynard replacing Robert Croft while former England and Essex wicket-keeper James Foster has joined the coaching staff as a T20 specialist consultant.
  • Shaun Marsh was recruited as one of Glamorgan’s oversees players alongside brother Mitchell, however he suffered a fractured forearm whilst netting for Australia during the World Cup and is expected to miss most if not all of the Vitality Blast, while Mitch is only available after the first four matches have been played.
  • The club have however moved to sign Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman for the first eight matches in the tournament although his participation in this match will depend on whether his visa arrives in time and he can travel to the UK to play this opener.

SOMERSET

Coach: Jason Kerr

Captain: Lewis Gregory

  • The reigning Royal London One-Day Cup winners and current County Championship leaders Somerset come into this tournament in red hot form and with great Vitality Blast pedigree, having topped the Southern group last year with 20 points.
  • Somerset’s oversees quota consists of star Pakistani batsman Babar Azam, who will be competing in the Vitality Blast for the very first time following an impressive World Cup campaign and he will be joined by veteran West Indian fast bowler Jerome Taylor, previously of Sussex.
  • The squad is otherwise well settled coming into this opening match but they will have to bounce back from their innings defeat at the hands of Yorkshire in the County Championship on Tuesday.

THE PREDICTION

Somerset will travel to Cardiff full of confidence with perhaps one eye on a historic domestic treble. The injury to Shaun Marsh is a huge blow to Glamorgan with the Welsh county now scrambling to find a replacement. This means that once again, their hopes on progressing through the Southern group will depend on the form of their big hitting, talismanic captain Colin Ingram.

Home advantage gives Glamorgan a fair chance in this game, but Somerset are riding the crest of a wave and their overall strength in all departments should see them come out of Cardiff with two points in the bag.