Published: 11th August, 2019
Glamorgan’s abysmal season in the T20 Blast continued at Sophia Gardens where they were beaten by Surrey with six balls of an entertaining game remaining.
Despite losing the reliable Aaron Finch in the first over, the other batsmen contributed for Surrey with Man-of-the-match Mark Stoneman top scoring with a half century. Neither team can realistically qualify for a quarter final place, but Glamorgan will want to end the competition with at least one win.
With Surrey needing to score at seven and a half runs an over, Ruaidhri Smith, playing his first game of the season in the competition after injury, gave Glamorgan the perfect start by dismissing the dangerous Finch with the final ball of the opening over.
Will Jacks and Mark Stoneman soon settled, with Jacks the more aggressive and the second wicket pair had taken Surrey to 70 for 1 by the halfway stage. After adding 82, Jacks then surrenderred his wicket by edging to the wicketkeeper from a wild heave.
Stoneman was the next to go, caught on the long-on boundary after scoring 53 from 49 balls with Smith taking his third wicket. Surrey required a further 46 from the remaining five overs, then 19 from two, but de Lange was struck for 21 by Olly Pope and Ben Foakes to secure victory, Pope striking two sixes.
Glamorgan, who were put in, were soon in trouble, stumbling to 34 for3 in the 6th over, which included the wicket of Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, playing his first game since breaking his arm before the Ashes Series began.
Marsh was out third ball, giving Imran Tahir a return catch, then the club’s second overseas player Fakhar Zaman, who has contributed only 100 runs from six innings at an average of 16, poked a simple catch to short third man.
Much depended on Ingram and Chris Cooke, but after adding 27, Cooke, who had been dropped earlier in his innings, holed out on the mid- wicket boundary. Surrey’s fielding was sloppy throughout with Finch letting a ball go through his legs for four, with others dropping three catches.
Ingram, who has also experienced a disappointing tournament by his standards, revived the innings by scoring 41 from 33 balls, which included two sixes, but with 5.3 with overs remaining Ingram was deceived by Tahir, giving Foakes a simple stumping.
Glamorgan were indebted to Dan Douthwaite and Graham Wagg at the end of the innings – Wagg striking 3 sixes in his unbeaten 36 as Glamorgan reached a below par total.