By Rich Jones
Glamorgan still have work to do to book their place in the T20 Blast quarter-finals after a disappointing 25-run defeat against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday night.
Robert Croft’s side travelled to Southampton knowing a win would see them climb back to the top of the South Group and have one foot in the next round, yet they endured a night to forget as they slipped to their second successive defeat and only their third loss in the competition.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Glamorgan quickly reduced the hosts to 24-3 inside four overs after two wickets in the space of three balls from Michael Hogan.
Seamer Craig Meschede also bowled an excellent spell, taking 1-22 from his four overs and removing the dangerous Shahid Afridi for a 25.
However, Liam Dawson struck a superb 76 not out, receiving crucial support from Joe Weatherly (43) to ensure they reached a creditable score of 167-6 from their 20 overs.
Glamorgan got their run chase off to a bright start, with Mark Wallace exhibiting some glorious shots early on alongside David Lloyd.
They were right on course as they brought up their 50 partnership in the seventh over – but it was Dawson who this time proved dangerous with the ball.
He removed in-form duo Lloyd and Ingram within the space of an over before youngster Aneurin Donald and skipper Jacques Rudolph both left without troubling the scoreboard.
Having stuttered to 61-4, Meschede and Graham Wagg attempted to rebuild their innings but the influential Dawson removed both when he returned to the attack to all but seal victory for his side.
Spin certainly did the damage, with Afridi also claiming 1-16 over a tight four-over spell as Glamorgan never recovered from their mid-innings slump.
Despite admirable cameos from Andrew Salter (16 not out) and Timm Van Der Gutgen (11 not out) in the closing stages, it was too little too late as they fell well short of their target.
It was a disappointing result for Glamorgan against a Hampshire side who had previously won only one game in the competition.
Nonetheless they will look to bounce back as they host Somerset at The SSE Swalec Stadium in Cardiff next Friday, July 22 (7pm) knowing a win would secure their quarter-final spot.