T20 Blast: Glamorgan – Somerset (Fri)

David Lloyd and Sam Northeast's 150 midweek score against Middlesex was a T20 record for Glamorgan
David Lloyd and Sam Northeast’s 150 midweek score against Middlesex was a T20 record for Glamorgan
Vitality T20 Blast, South Group: Glamorgan vs Somerset
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff date: Friday 24 June time: 18:30 CET
cover: BBC Sport Wales and BBC Somerset commentary on the BBC Sport website and app; Commentary on BBC Somerset DAB, coverage on BBC Radio Wales; Match report on the BBC Sport website.

Glamorgan were vying for a third T20 Blast win in six days when they host South Group high-flyers Somerset on Friday to keep qualifying hopes alive.

The home side will likely need three wins out of three, despite an eight-wicket demolition from Middlesex.

Glamorgan will select from an unchanged 14-man squad.

Leading wicket-taker Michael Hogan is playing his last home game in this format before retiring in September.

Somerset are second in the South Group but arrive in Cardiff after a surprise 14-round home defeat to Hampshire, who moved Glamorgan to fifth.

Glamorgan, still without wicketkeeper Chris Cooke with a calf injury, travel to Essex and Kent on 2-3 July.

After a disappointing first half of the T20 campaign, captain David Lloyd says the team must play “without fear”.

“The most important thing is that we’re playing a role now, we have some momentum and we’re going into it with a lot of confidence. We seem to have the (right) formula at the moment,” he told BBC Sport Wales.

The opening bat believes they learned from Somerset’s approach as they went 174-1 in just 14.1 overs to win their previous meeting at Taunton.

“They played very well in their position and showed us how to break away, we did that against Middlesex and so we have to play without fear for the next three games,” said Lloyd.

“We have nothing to lose so these are exciting times. hogan, [Michael] Neser, [Dan] Douthwaite and the two spinners bowled well throughout the competition, thank them.

“We have depth with the racquet but we didn’t show a full performance ahead of Middlesex so hopefully we can get that to Friday.”

Glamorgan (from): Lloyd (c), Northeast, Ingram, Carlson, Byrom, Douthwaite, Horton (wk), Neser, Salter, Sisodiya, Hogan, Bevan, Weighell, McIlroy.

Somerset (from): Smeed, Banton (wk), Roussouw, Abell (c), Lammonby, Gregory, Green, van der Merwe, Goldsworthy, Siddle, Brooks, Bartlett, Davey, Aldridge.

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