Glamorgan aim for home quarter-final in T20 Blast

By Rich Jones

Glamorgan seamer Timm van der Gugten believes they can win the Natwest T20 Blast as they look to secure a home quarter-final.

The Welsh side booked their place in the last eight for only the fourth time in their history with a convincing seven-wicket win over Somerset at The SSE SWALEC last Friday.

They will now prepare for their final two South Group games in the space of two days knowing one more win will all but confirm a home tie in the next round.

Having seen a big crowd roar them to victory against Somerset, the chance to play at The SSE SWALEC would certainly boost their chances of reaching their first Finals Day since 2004.

As they prepare to take on Sussex at Hove tonight (Thursday, 6.30) and Essex at Chelmsford on Friday (6.30), van der Gugten has revealed he sees no reason why they cannot go all the way in the showpiece competition.

“Getting into the quarter-finals was just what we were aiming to get out of last Friday,” van der Gugten said.

“We didn’t put a whole performance together, but in the end we did enough to get the win which was good.

“I think everyone in the team wants to get to Finals Day, I’ve heard it’s a great day so we’d love to be part of it.

“If we get there you never know. If we play to our potential on the day then we could go all the way.”

Head Coach Robert Croft has named an unchanged 13-man squad for the trip to Hove. Young batsman Nick Selman and all-rounder Ruadhri Smith are included, all it appears likely they will remain unchanged from last week’s win over Somerset.

Meanwhile, they have been dealt a blow with the news Chris Cooke will miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

The 30-year-old wicket-keeper, who has also been in useful form with the bat, is set to undergo surgery to release a trapped nerve.

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