Glamorgan gears up for Vitality Blast

11 Aug 2020 | Cricket

Glamorgan’s fixtures for the 2020 Vitality Blast have now been released, with the Welsh county starting the group stage on August 27th against Worcestershire, and finishing it against the same opponents on September 20th.

Following on from the Bob Willis Trophy format, the Vitality Blast will feature the same three regional groups of six, with local rivals Somerset and Gloucestershire in the Central Group as well as Worcestershire, Northamptonshire and the Birmingham Bears.

Glamorgan will open their season with five games in eight days, with the opening fixture against Worcestershire followed by a double-header weekend that sees the side face Gloucestershire on Saturday 29th before hosting the Birmingham Bears on Sunday 30th.

As the calendar flips over to September, Glamorgan will travel to Somerset on Tuesday 1st and Edgbaston on Thursday 3rd to face Northamptonshire on neutral ground in a televised game, as part of the ECB’s efforts to ensure that as many games of cricket are shown on Sky Sports. A number of games across the tournament will be played at neutral venues in doubleheader days.

After a break for the final round of Bob Willis Trophy action against Warwickshire at Sophia Gardens, the sides swap venues as Glamorgan travel to Edgbaston again to face the Birmingham Bears on Friday 11th September in as the season rounds off with five games in nine days.

Three home games in a row will see Northamptonshire (Sunday 13th), Somerset (Wednesday 16th), and Gloucestershire (Friday 18th) will play at the home of Welsh cricket, with the group stage finishing at Blackfinch New Road on Sunday 20th as Glamorgan take on Worcestershire.

The quarter-finals will all be played on Thursday 1 October.

BBC Radio will cover every match of the Vitality Blast while all 18 First-Class Counties have been scheduled to play in front of the Sky cameras during the group stage.

Vitality Blast matches that are not televised by Sky may be available via the First-Class Counties' live streaming services across their digital channels.

Emerald Headingley (North Group), Edgbaston (Central Group) and the Kia Oval (South Group) will host eight of the 10 Sky televised group-stage matches, which will include neutral double-headers at each of those venues.

The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, which have hosted men’s England internationals this summer, will also stage televised derby matches. One quarter-final and Finals Day will also be televised by Sky.

All white-ball knockout matches, including the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final and Vitality Blast Finals Day, have been assigned reserve days.

The Club can also confirm all games are set to be played behind-closed-doors, however, all five home fixtures will be live-streamed for fans to watch and enjoy via our Match Zone on the website.

Season ticket holders and individual match ticket holders will be communicated today with their options.

Glamorgan's Head Coach, Matt Maynard, commented "To be able to play 10 T20 games and have two-thirds of a competition before the round-robin stage is excellent. The players won't mind giving their all on the day, having a day off, before playing again. It's a hectic schedule but if you get on a run it can be a great place to be."