Royal London Cup holders return to Cardiff against Kent

3 Aug 2022 | Cricket

Head coach David Harrison has named an unchanged 14-man squad for our first home Royal London Cup fixture against Kent Spitfires.

Glamorgan welcome the Spitfires to Sophia Gardens after they opened their Royal London Cup title defence with a dominant eight-wicket victory at Derbyshire.

The Glamorgan seamers were in fine form as they ripped apart the opposition batting unit, with right-arm seamer Timm Van der Gugten taking 4/41 on his return to first XI action after injury.

Jamie McIlroy, on List A debut, once again impressed as the left-arm quick took 2/13 in a wonderful opening spell. Derbyshire were dismissed for 110 and despite losing two early wickets, Colin Ingram (30*) and skipper Kiran Carlson (54*) guided their team to an emphatic win.

Wicket-keeper Chris Cooke, who was taken off for precautionary measures during the Derbyshire innings, has made a full recovery and will once again don the gloves for the Welsh county.  

Glamorgan currently sit top of the Royal London Cup Group B due to a superior net run rate, with the visitors lying in second after their impressive victory over Worcestershire yesterday.

View from the camp – Kiran Carlson

“I couldn’t have asked for much more from the group yesterday. The way we bowled at the start was exceptional, we didn’t give them much and we took our chances. Jamie (McIlroy) and Timm (van der Gugten) really set the stall out. It was a very pleasing start.

“It is never easy losing wickets early, but we always knew it would be one partnership that would take it away from them. It was nice to spend some time in the middle and get in a bit of rhythm.

“They (Kent) are going to be a quality outfit. They have a lot of very good players there. Hopefully, if we stick to what we do best and play the way we know we can, we can hopefully get another win and do our best to put on a show for the home fans.”

Head-to-head – Glamorgan vs Kent

Glamorgan will be looking to further maintain their defence of the Royal London title with another impressive performance against the Spitfires who defeated Worcestershire by seven wickets in a high-scoring contest at New Road with Ollie Robinson posting an unbeaten 206 in a contest where 704 runs were scored.

As the list below shows of the last six List A games between the two teams, Kent’s most recent visit to Cardiff in April 2019 saw the contest washed out after 15 overs and declared a ‘No Result’.

6 August 2014 at Canterbury – Kent won 6 wickets
28 July 2015 at Cardiff – Glamorgan won by 3 wickets
12 June 2016 at Canterbury – Glamorgan won by 3 wickets
14 May 2017 at Swansea – Glamorgan won by 15 runs
25 May 2018 at Canterbury – Kent won by 4 wickets
25 April 2019 at Cardiff - No Result

Glamorgan’s most recent List A victory at Cardiff against Kent came in July 2015 as the Welsh county won by three wickets after a game-changing innings from Chris Cooke who blasted an imperious 94* to turn the game on its head after the Spitfires seemed like they were cruising to victory. But, after a brief stoppage for rain, Cooke made 94 from 54 balls with 8 fours and 4 massive sixes to see his side home with two balls remaining.

How to watch/listen

This fixture will be shown via the Club’s livestream. There will also be commentary from Nick Webb for BBC Radio Wales.

You can enjoy highlights and match updates on the club’s social media channels.