After their washout at Cardiff against the Worcestershire Rapids on Thursday evening, Glamorgan travel to Bristol on Saturday, 29 August to meet Gloucestershire in their next contest in the Vitality Blast with the T20 match scheduled to commence at 14.00pm. (writes Andrew Hignell)
The two sides have met regularly since 2003 in T20 cricket with Glamorgan winning on a dozen occasions and Gloucestershire being victorious thirteen times. Two of the matches – including the match at Bristol in 2014 – have been ‘No Results’ as a result of interference by the weather, whilst the game at Cardiff last summer ended in a nerve-jangling tie.
Glamorgan’s most recent visits to Gloucestershire have seen the T20 matches staged at Cheltenham College as part of the historic Festival, so the Welsh county’s last visit to the Nevil Road ground came on 25 July 2017 when Glamorgan won by 25 runs after half-centuries by Jacques Rudolph and David Miller, who shared a 85-run stand in 9.4 overs. The latter marked his debut for the Welsh county with an elegant 32-ball fifty and won the Man-of-the Match Award after driving off-spinner Jack Taylor for successive straight sixes high into the pavilion seating, besides lofting Benny Howell over long-off for another maximum.
This followed another victory for Glamorgan on their visit to Bristol during 2016 with fellow South African Colin Ingram posting an assertive half-century to see his adopted county secure a comprehensive victory by six wickets. The game in 2015 at Gloucestershire’s headquarters had been a high-scoring affair with both captains – Jacques Rudolph and Michael Klinger – posting unbeaten hundreds. But it was the efforts of the Glamorgan leader, and his maiden Twenty20 century, who held sway as the Welsh county won by 19 runs.
It was ten years ago when Gloucestershire last beat Glamorgan in a T20 match at Bristol, with the West Country side winning the game in 2010 by eight wickets after a haul of 3/17 by Steve Kirby, plus 65 from William Porterfield, the Irish international.