14-man squad named for opening three Vitality Blast games

9 Jun 2021 | Cricket

Matt Maynard has named a 14-man squad for the opening three fixtures of the Vitality Blast, with Colin Ingram, Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser all included alongside the returning Prem Sisodiya and Timm van der Gugten.

Glamorgan take on Gloucestershire on Thursday, 10th June, at Sophia Gardens (5.30pm start), before Essex travel to Cardiff on Sunday, 13th June (2.30pm). Glamorgan then take on Surrey at The Kia Oval on Monday, 14th June (6.30pm) to round off the first three games of the season.

While only two overseas players are permitted to play in any fixture, a maximum of three can be registered at any one time, with a range of options now available to Maynard and Cooke depending on the conditions at hand.

Colin Ingram is back in Wales after a prolonged absence due to the Coronavirus-pandemic, and Marnus Labuschagne is set to make his first Vitality Blast appearance for Glamorgan.

Timm van der Gugten rejoins the squad after international duty and is available to play during his quarantine period like Marnus Labuschagne did earlier in the season, while Prem Sisodiya makes his first appearance in a squad this season.

Nick Selman is included after scoring a T20 century for the 2nd XI last week against Warwickshire, with Ruaidhri Smith returning to the first team squad and James Weighell receives his first T20 call-up for Glamorgan.

Due to a major fault in one of our floodlight columns, this game has been moved to a 5.30pm start - find the full Club statement HERE.


View from the camp - Prem Sisodiya:

"I'm feeling quite good about my game. I've had a few games for the 2nd XI, playing against some good opposition and going into the Blast I'm quite confident.

"They've seen a bit more of me last year, so batsman know what I'm coming with. I relish the challenge, I'm looking forward to this year and hopefully I can perform as well as I did last year.

"Opening in the powerplay is quite natural to the way I bowl as a left-arm spinner. Knowing what men to have out, and being quite flexible bowling to different batters with different strengths, but I just take it as it comes and it's always nice to have Salts at the other end with a bit of experience and another spinner to talk to about bowling in the powerplay."

Head-to-head: Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens

In all, Glamorgan have won 8 of the contests against Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens and lost 5, with the results of their last six meetings at the Cardiff ground being:

July 10th, 2016 - Gloucestershire won by 9 wickets
Aug 3rd, 2017 - Gloucestershire won by 5 runs (DLS Method)
Aug 3rd, 2018 - Glamorgan won by 2 runs
Aug 1st, 2019 - Match Tied
Sept 18th 2020 - Glamorgan won by 17 runs

Read more HERE.

Ticket & Live Stream info:

The game will be live-streamed on the Glamorgan website match centre HERE, with replays, scorecards, highlights, and commentary from BBC Sport Wales.

Coverage will start on the live-stream from 4.15pm.

The match will also be covered on our social media channels, with updates, highlights, and reports throughout the game.

Up to 1,000 Glamorgan Members will be attending, as part of our phased return to our legal maximum capacity of 2,892 – for more information on this, click HERE. Tickets are not on general sale, nor will any tickets be available on the gate.