Glamorgan began their T20 campaign with a seven-wicket victory at an overcast Hove, with the Welsh county also recording their first-ever success in T20 cricket at Sussex's headquarters after David Lloyd had opted to bowl first on the sluggish surface.
After Luke Wright and Mohammad Rizwan, the Wisden T20 Player of the Year for 2021, had flayed some fortuitous early boundaries, the two Michael’s - Messrs Hogan and Neser – made inroads as the former bowled Wright before an arrow-like through from backward square-leg by Neser found Josh Philippe short of his ground as he attempted a risky second run. Rizwan continued to accumulate but the Pakistani was unable to see the Sharks to a challenging total as wickets regularly fell at the other end. Ravi Bopara lofted Prem Sisodiya inside-out and into Neser’s hands at deep extra-cover, before Delray Rawlins holed out to long-on as Hogan claimed another scalp – his 96th in T20 cricket for Glamorgan and move into second-place in the Club’s list of wicket-takers.
George Garton also tamely swatted Dan Douthwaite to Sisodiya at third man, but Harrison Ward dropped anchor at the other end as Rizwan completed a 40-ball fifty, before the opener expanded his range of strokes. An over of clever slower balls from Douthwaite stifled Ward’s belated aggression with the young tyro then falling shortly afterwards to a superb running catch by Marnus Labuschagne at long-off with the father-to-be diving full length forward and clutching the ball inches above the turf.
Chasing a target of 151, David Lloyd launched the innings with a flurry of boundaries before being bowled, but the momentum was maintained as Sam Northeast and Labuschagne peppered the boundary boards. Labuschagne also lofted Will Beer for six over long-on with the second-wicket pair adding 82 in 10.1 overs before the Australian holed out at deep mid-wicket. The equation was 59 from 56 balls as Northeast continued in his unflustered and sober way, mixing controlled aggression with deftly placed singles and with Kiran Carlson also showing great nous the task had become 31 from 30 when Carlson was caught and bowled by Bopara. Northeast then flat-batted Mills for six over backward point to complete a 44-ball half-century, and in the process pass 3,000 runs in the T20 format before seeing Glamorgan home with seven balls in hand.