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NatWest T20 Blast Somerset v Glamorgan preview: More of the same, says Maynard

Glam t20 HSomerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard is calling for more of the same tomorrow as his charges look to extend their winning run with the arrival of Glamorgan for the NatWest T20 Blast.

The Director of Cricket knows his current side are on a roll following back-to-back wins in the LV=County Championship and the 20-over competition, including last night’s devastating nine-wicket victory over Middlesex at Uxbridge (Friday).

Tomorrow’s game will be the first chance for a home crowd at Taunton to see new overseas signing Luke Ronchi in action. The New Zealander kept wicket for Somerset against Middlesex last night, but was not called upon to bat.

Lewis Gregory is added to the squad for the match against Glamorgan, but there will be one change at most to the Somerset line-up after a performance that delighted Maynard.

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard says the club are on a roll following back-to-back wins in the LV=County Championship and NatWest T20 Blast. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.

He said: “We hit back really well with the ball after Middlesex had made a fast start and I was particularly pleased for Jamie Overton, whose first over went for a lot.

“Thanks to good captaincy from Alfonso Thomas, Jamie was able to bowl again later in the innings and responded with two wickets, which was a great effort in the circumstances.

“Abdur Rehman did a great job for us in pegging Middlesex back before Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh batted brilliantly in our reply.

“I felt we were playing some good cricket before our current run, but there is no doubt that winning breeds confidence and we now have a number of players in form.”

Somerset’s last defeat was a somewhat unlucky one against Glamorgan at Cardiff two weeks ago in a match decided by the Duckworth-Lewis system.

The hosts won by two runs, making 43-1 from six overs in reply to Somerset’s 159-5 before the rain came.

Maynard said: “If the match had finished an over earlier or maybe one later we could have won. But that’s history now and we know Glamorgan will pose a real threat again tomorrow.

“They have lost three group games on the trot since beating us and will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

“We have to maintain the standards with bat and ball that we have shown in our last couple of games and if we do we will be hard to beat.

“Jim Allenby played a match-wining innings against Middlesex and would love to repeat that against his old club.

Dean Cosker celebrates a wicket in the last T20 encounter between these two sides at Cardiff two weeks ago. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.
Dean Cosker celebrates a wicket in the last T20 encounter between these two sides at Cardiff two weeks ago. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.

“We will assess the pitch before deciding whether to bring Lewis Gregory into the side.”

Meanwhile Glamorgan slow bowler Dean Cosker said the club is keen to bounce back from its losing streak with a vital victory at Taunton.

Cosker added: “It’s a big game for us. They’re all must-win games right now, we’ve got a bit of a rivalry with Somerset and we’ll have a bit of banter with the Somerset lads.”

Somerset have reminded fans that tomorrow’s match is SOLD OUT and no further tickets will be released. Therefore no tickets will be available on the gates on the day.

The gates open at 11:45 with play due to begin at 14:30. The match is being shown live on Sky for those unlucky enough not to have tickets.

Luke Ronchi will be playing his first home game for Somerset tomorrow against Glamorgan.
Luke Ronchi will be playing his first home game for Somerset tomorrow against Glamorgan.