Glamorgan are favorites to win
Gloucestershire will take on Glamorgan at the County Ground, Bristol. This T20 match begins at 18:30 local time on Friday 26th May.
After a heavy defeat by 7 wickets with 39 balls remaining against Kent Spitfires on Wednesday, Gloucestershire will be pleased to be back at their home ground for this anglo-welsh derby against Glamorgan. The hosts need to up their game with the bat and the ball in this match.
Only three players hit scores in double-figures for Gloucestershire against Kent Spitfires and only Chris Dent went beyond 12! He hit 55 runs from 29 balls in an impressive innings which included nine boundaries. Grant Roelofsen disappointed with 1 at the top of the order but he is a good batter and we could see a big score in this game.
With the rest of his teammates going wicketless and conceding their runs at an economy rate of between 7.14 - 15.00, 35 year old left-arm spinner Tom Smith stood out with figures of 3-22 from four overs on Wednesday. England international David Payne will want to respond with a better performance in this match.
Not a lot went right for Gloucestershire against Kent Spitfires but there positives in Chris Dent and Tom Smith’s performances.
This is the first game of the 2023 Vitality Blast for Glamorgan who finished in sixth place in the South Group last year, six points behind the fourth placed side. David Lloyd will lead the team in the tournament who will be without Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser who are part of a pre-Ashes training camp.
Even without the batting of Marnus Labuschagne, there are still plenty of runs in this Glamorgan side. The experienced T20 specialist, South African Colin Ingram, is one to watch, as are Kiran Carlson and Sam Northeast who have fine domestic records.
Netherlands international, Timm van der Gugten, has plenty of international white ball experience and comes into this match with 124 T20 wickets to his name. He should get assistance from this pitch in Bristol as will left-arm quick Jamie Mcllroy.
Glamorgan won three of their last five matches last year including a 35-run victory over Kent Spitfires to end the group stage.
This Vitality T20 Blast game will be played at the County Ground, Bristol. There are short boundaries at this venue but also a pitch which gives assistance to quick and spin bowlers.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Gloucestershire vs Glamorgan, Vitality T20 Blast 2023
Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, Grant Roelofsen, James Bracey (wk), Jack Taylor (c), Oliver Price, Zafar Gohar, Tom Smith, David Payne, MD Taylor, Paul van Meekeren
David Lloyd (c), Thomas Bevan, Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Cooke (wk), Daniel Douthwaite, Prem Sisodiya, Jamie McIlroy, Andrew Salter, Michael Neser
We expect this game to be well contested between two teams who will have to over-achieve if they are to make it into the top four in the South Group. Gloucestershire were very disappointing against Kent Spitfires and we expect an improvement in this match. However, Glamorgan have batting power and we are backing them to win this game.
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