Lloyd returns as Glamorgan look to make it five in a row

  • Andrew Hignell
  • 9 August 2018 09:00 PM
  • Match Previews

Head Coach Robert Croft has named a 14-man squad to face Hampshire under the lights at Sophia Gardens on Friday night.

Glamorgan will be targeting a fifth consecutive win and have climbed up to fourth place in the Vitality Blast South Group.   

The Welsh county take on a Hampshire side sitting seventh in the table, well adrift of the top six. A win at Sophia Gardens will put the home side in serious contention for the knockout stages for a third consecutive season. 

David Lloyd makes his return to the fold after a four-week absence due to a finger injury sustained against Essex Eagles in July. Lloyd had found early form in the Vitality Blast campaign with knocks of 38* & 33 against Hampshire and Sussex respectively before suffering ligament damage to a finger while fielding in Chelmsford.  

Since returning from illness, Colin Ingram has been in blistering form for Glamorgan, scoring an unbeaten 46 against Middlesex before striking 89 against Essex Eagles. The county’s Batting Consultant Coach, Matt Maynard, has since waxed lyrical about the skipper insisting his meticulous preparation has made him an example to fellow teammates. 

“He’s amazing isn’t he?” said Maynard. “He’s completely focused on the white-ball game now. The way he goes about practice, he’s a great example to any young player and very meticulous in his preparation in terms of shot execution, getting the point of contact right and that’s one of the brilliant things about having him here as a leader and an example setter.” 

David Lloyd meanwhile could feature after his recall to the squad. The North-Walian admits it was a tough watch from the sidelines, but hopes he can help Glamorgan make it five on the bounce against Hampshire. 

“I’m excited,” said Lloyd. “The last three to four weeks have been frustrating for me, although I have been able to refresh the batteries and hopefully I can come back to add a bit of buzz to the group who are obviously doing well after the last four games.  

“Everyone seems really happy and there’s a great buzz around the changing room so hopefully we can go in to tomorrow’s game and get the two points. 

“I’ve had the radio on most of the time, but then I’ve been coming here for the home games to support the lads. I wouldn’t say I’ve been a great watcher because I'd rather be out there playing, but it’s been nice to see them winning games especially after that tricky period a few weeks ago.  

“We have to do the best we can to win games and then everything goes out of the window if you’re having to rely on other teams. If we can get a win against a strong Hampshire side, who have probably under-performed, then I see no reason why we can’t go into every game believing we can win.” 

Glamorgan 14-man squad to face Hampshire: Ingram ©, Lloyd, Meschede, Carlson, Donald, Wagg, Cooke, Smith, Salter, Selman, Lawlor, Hogan, TVDG, Carey 

 



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