Crunch time for Dragons
The Glamorgan Dragons can take a significant step nearer the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals tonight if they overcome Northamptonshire at Northampton.
It is a crunch clash with both counties locked on seven points each with Northants possessing a better run rate.
Going on last season's qualification, 10 points should be enough to guarantee Glamorgan a place in the last eight. But a couple of teams did squeeze into the knockout stage on nine as the third best-placed teams.
However, Glamorgan know it will be difficult to get past a Northamptonshire side which will include the Welsh county's overseas star from last season, Sourav Ganguly. The former India captain figured for Glamorgan in last year's tournament, but was far from effective.
"Sourav didn't seem to get the hang of the 20-over game last season, but he has definitely got his head around it this time with a couple of important knocks," said Glamorgan skipper Robert Croft. "And he is part of a good Northants outfit who seem ideally suited for Twenty20 cricket."
After a slow start, Ganguly made 44 and 73 - from 51 balls - in Northamptonshire's two wins over Worcestershire.
Glamorgan will also be mindful that last time they visited Wantage Road last month, they were bowled out for just 56 in the second innings of their county championship match.
There are two other games scheduled in Glamorgan's group today and ideally Croft would like Worcestershire to beat Warwickshire, and Somerset to overcome zone leaders Gloucestershire in a bid to ease their passage towards the quarter-final.
Glamorgan have added England Under-19 batsman Ben Wright to a 13-man squad after producing some fine one-day form for the second team.