By Rich Jones
Man of the moment Aneurin Donald insists Glamorgan have enough match-winners in their ranks to go all the way in the Natwest T20 Blast.
Donald has emerged as a star performer in a refreshed Glamorgan side who have already booked their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
They bounced back from two successive defeats to confirm their place in the last eight with a convincing victory over Somerset in Cardiff last Friday.
Teenage batsman Donald believes the manner of their win laid down a marker to their rivals and showcased their abilities in the shortest format.
They will now bid to secure a home tie in the next round, needing just one win from their final two South Group fixtures away against Sussex and Essex this Thursday and Friday respectively.
Donald is already eyeing a place at Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday, August 20 – and he is optimistic the best is yet to come as they look to win the competition for the first time in their history.
“We’ve played really well and we deserve to be there [in the quarter-finals],” Donald said.
“We just had a little hiccup along the way the last couple of games, but it was nice to put away a good side like Somerset and show just how good we are.
“There are some great sides out there, but we’ve been playing really well as a team and it makes it all the sweeter when you put away a good team like we did.
“I think it’s shown right the way through the season, especially in the T20 games, that we have them [match-winners].
“Dai Lloyd has won us a couple of games, Wally [Mark Wallace] has won us a couple of games, Rudders [Jacques Rudolph] has been there at the end a few times.
“If you look through our top six or seven, everyone has been there to win us a game and ultimately that’s going to be what will bode you well through the T20 campaign.
“We just want to keep the momentum. We aren’t going to change things too much, we’ll just keep playing the way we play.
“This formula has been working so far for us, and hopefully it’s going to work all the way through to Finals Day.
“We’d like to hope the best is yet to come, but obviously it doesn’t matter too much until you get to Finals Day and that final.
“We’re really pleased with how we’ve played, and we can’t have asked for much more from the guys.
“We’re taking a lot of wickets up top and seeing it home from the top order batters, so it’s a good formula and hopefully it can see us right through to the end.”
Donald hit the headlines when he matched the record for fastest first-class double-century against Derbyshire last week.
He blasted 234 from just 136 balls on the first day of their County Championship Division Two match at Colwyn Bay.
It was a remarkable way for the 19-year-old to score his first-ever County Championship century and help Glamorgan win their first four-day game of the season.
He commented: “I’ve got in throughout the season and got plenty of 30s and 40s, but they don’t mean too much.
“Really getting that big score is the most important thing, and I guess getting to the score I did and the way I did made it even sweeter.
“It put us in a great position from day one and we managed to go on and win the game, so that was the most important part.”
Donald capped off a memorable few days by hitting an unbeaten 44 to see Glamorgan over the line in the T20 Blast against Somerset.
It was certainly a remarkable week for the 19-year-old – and he was thrilled to play one of the best innings’ of his career in front of a bumper crowd at The SSE SWALEC.
“I guess it was probably a first trying to tone it down from four day cricket to a T20 game!” he joked.
“There is a time and a place for everything, and the way Colin (Ingram) is batting at the minute he just allows me to knock it around at the other end.
“He takes a lot of pressure off the team, and if he carries on batting like that we’re going to win a lot of T20 games.
“It was one of my more important knocks, mature if you like. It was really pleasing to see us home and get a not out.
“It’s about winning games for Glamorgan at the end of the day, and to be there at the end is always nice.
“As I said, Colin takes so much pressure off the rest of us guys, it allowed me to just tone it down and see it home.
“I’m enjoying everything at the minute. To be there in front of 7,000 plus was absolutely amazing. The crowd was fantastic. All the chanting and stuff really makes it a worthwhile night for everyone turning up and it’s always enjoyable.”