Hampshire are Glamorgan’s next opponents in the Vitality Blast with the floodlit contest at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff scheduled to start at 7.00pm on Friday, August 10th as the Welsh county look to consolidate their position in the top four of the group table with a record-breaking fifth successive victory during the season.
Their nerve-jangling six-run victory over the Essex Eagles at Sophia Gardens on Tuesday evening has lifted Glamorgan into fourth place in the group table, with the Welsh county now in the mix for qualification for the quarter-finals for the third successive season.
Somerset, who beat Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl on Wednesday evening lead the group with 16 points from 11 games, whilst Gloucestershire who comprehensively defeated Middlesex by 70 runs at Bristol on Thursday night are in second place with 15 points. The Kent Spitfires occupy third spot also with 13 points from 10 games, but with a superior run rate than Glamorgan.
The rain which washed out the opening day of the Second Test between England and India at Lord's also played havoc with events south of the river as the contest between Surrey and the Sussex Sharks ended as a No Result, leaving Surrey in fifth place from 10 games with 12 points, and Sussex one place behind with 11 points from 10 games.
Hampshire were Glamorgan’s opponents in the opening game in 2017 with the South Coast side winning at Cardiff by 22 runs. Hampshire were also the Welsh county’s opponents in the opening contest of this summer’s competition with the game at The Ageas Bowl seeing a remarkable early collapse as the South Coast side slumped to 32/7 before losing by a record margin of 63 runs.
Glamorgan defeated Hampshire at Cardiff in 2016 a contest which saw Michael Hogan take 4/28 and Dale Steyn 3/22 as the visitors were dismissed inside 19 overs for 141, before Aneurin Donald making a composed half-century as the Welsh county reached their modest target during the 17th over.
Hampshire were the victors on their visit to Cardiff in 2015 with the South Coast side winning by 21 runs after veteran all-rounder Sean Ervine had clubbed an assertive 49, before Chris Wood dismantled the home batting by taking 4/16.
The outcome had been much closer in 2014 when Hampshire narrowly won by six runs, but the result could have been very different had Darren Sammy not been caught on the boundary’s edge, high above his head by Jimmy Adams, just as the West Indian all-rounder looked like seeing Glamorgan to victory.