Somerset are Glamorgan’s opponents for their penultimate group match in the NatWest T20 Blast as the Welsh county head to Taunton for a contest scheduled to get underway at 2.30pm at Taunton on Sunday, August 13th.
Glamorgan will be looking to bounce back after their eight-wicket defeat against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl who then defeated the Kent Spitfires at Canterbury on Friday to leapfrog Glamorgan into top spot in the Southern Group. Somerset remain in fourth spot after losing to the Kent Spitfires by six wixkets on Saturday afternoon and much now rests on their game with the Welsh county at their headquarters on Sunday if they are to secure a quarter-final berth in the competition.
Last summer’s encounter at Taunton was washed out by the rain, but the game in 2015 at Taunton saw Glamorgan win by three runs, thanks to their Springbok duo of Colin Ingram who posted an imperious 96 from 62 balls and Wayne Parnell who delivered a nerveless final over. With the home side needing twelve off the final over, Tim Groenewald on-drove the South African’s first delivery for four and, after a flurry of singles and a wide, Abdur Rehman was left needing to strike four from the final two balls. But Parnell yorked the Pakistani spinner before Max Waller failed to make contact with the final delivery.
Glamorgan were also victorious at Taunton in 2014 as they won by seven runs with Jim Allenby making an unbeaten 96 before some accurate bowling by the rest of the Glamorgan attack, most notably Graham Wagg who claimed three wickets, saw Glamorgan erase the memory of a series of defeats at Somerset’s headquarters.
For several years, Taunton had proved to be something of an unhappy hunting ground for the Welsh county as they went down to a series of defeats, having only previously won at Taunton in July 2004 on their first visit to Somerset’s headquarters in the Twenty20 competition. This was a game which saw Ian Thomas cut to shreds the home attack as he posted a brilliant 116 which despite Colin Ingram’s outstanding efforts in the past month still remains the highest-ever individual score any Glamorgan batsman has made in the all-action competition.