Dragons are aiming to cut down Somerset

Source - icnetwork.co.uk

Glamorgan will find themselves in the rare position of trying to extend a winning run against another county in Cardiff tonight.

The Dragons entertain the Somerset Sabres at the Swalec Stadium in the Twenty20 contest having won the last three matches between these two sides in the Welsh capital in this format.

David Hemp’s side also claimed victory in the Friends Provident Trophy earlier this summer, their only one-day success in nine attempts this summer.

Glamorgan’s opening match against Warwickshire Bears on Wednesday evening yielded no result after rain stopped the Welsh county from chasing down a total of 141 in 19 overs.

The Dragons have announced an unchanged 13-man squad with Robert Croft set to open the batting with captain David Hemp, and explosive South African hitter Herschelle Gibbs hoping he will be able to make his batting debut for the Welshmen.

Somerset lost their opening match against Northamptonshire at Taunton despite a swashbuckling 69 off 32 balls from former England opener Marcus Trescothick.

And director of cricket Brian Rose says his team can only afford to lose two more of their nine remaining contests.

But the Sabres still boast an explosive batting line-up with Trescothick being joined by their Australian captain Justin Langer and Ian Blackwell.

Somerset were without three frontline bowlers against Northants including Charl Willoughby and Andy Caddick as they conceded 200 runs.

“Caddy was not going to play,” said Rose. “He is not ready yet.”

“Willoughby was in need of a rest and the plan was not to play him in the first couple of Twenty 20 games.”

But they are hoping all-rounder Ben Phillips will be available against Glamorgan after suffering a freak accident earlier this week.

The gate in the bowling machine in the indoor school fell on his head with his injury requiring stitches and he was ruled out with concussion.

Glamorgan (from): D Hemp (captain), R Croft, H Gibbs, M Wood, T Maynard, M Powell, B Wright, J Dalrymple, M Wallace, R Watkins, A Wharf, D Cosker, D Harrison.

PAUL Collingwood insists England will not alter their approach to Twenty20 cricket despite the considerable money on offer when they tackle a Stanford All Stars XI in Antigua in November.

England take on New Zealand in the shortened version of the game at Old Trafford this evening and then face South Africa at Durham in August.

They will then probably have only one warm-up game in the Caribbean before the winner-takes-all game for $20m (about Ł10m).

But Collingwood is adamant England will not change the way they prepare and play the game as they look to add to their 2-0 Test triumph over New Zealand.

The Durham all-rounder said: “We’ve only got three games leading up to that (Stanford) match. I wouldn’t have thought we’ll approach things any differently.

“Wednesday’s announcement was huge and it will be at the back of everybody’s minds and I’m sure there’ll be a lot of people talking about it.

“But I don’t think we’ll go out there and approach it any differently than we’d normally do. We played pretty well in the Twenty20 matches in New Zealand, won both of those games and hopefully we’ll be going in with the same approach we had over there.

“We’re going to go about it as if it (the Stanford match) isn’t there.

“When the game gets a bit closer and we’re getting on that plane going to Antigua, I’m sure that there’s going to be a lot of discussion going on about who’s going to be picked and this, that and the other.

“At the moment we’ve got an important one-day series coming up and first of all this Twenty20 match.

“It will be talked about, it’s going to be discussed without a doubt, but in the forefront of our minds is to focus on the game.”

Collingwood is aware the clamour to seal a spot in the Twenty20 side will now intensify given the riches that will be on offer in the winter.

But he is also confident it will not lead to an unhealthy or selfish attitude among the players.

He said: “Everyone will be clamouring to get into the team, of course they will. Everybody knows what it’s worth and I’m sure everybody wants a spot.

“You can’t get away from the fact it’s a lot of money and I’m sure everybody will want to get a place in the final squad.

“Could it foster a selfish attitude? It could do but we don’t have any of that in the dressing room.

“What we want people to do is play well for England and go out there and put the performances in that warrants their place in the team and to win games for England, which is what we’re all after.

“I don’t think it will come down to people going out there and just looking after their own games.

“We’ve played pretty well in this form of the game in the last couple of games and hopefully we’ll have the same approach rather than thinking in a selfish manner.”
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