Glamorgan are languishing in the botom half of the South Group table, with two wins in nine matches and just one in their past five (albeit two of their matches have been lost to the weather). In their most recent outing against fellow strugglers Middlesex, Dan Douthwaite and James Weighell shared a club record seventh-wicket stand of 88 from 47 balls to help Glamorgan post 170 for 8. However, they had no answer to Stephen Eskinazi, who struck an unbeaten 91 runs from 56 balls to guide Middlesex to a seven-wicket victory.
To compound Glamorgan's misery, they lost Nick Selman to a positive Covid-19 test on the morning of the Middlesex game, while overseas duo Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser were also absent after being identified as close contacts.
Surrey, meanwhile, were given a 'get out of jail free' card by the umpires in their match against Sussex Sharks on Sunday. Sussex were 43 for 1 after 4.5 overs in response to Surrey's total of 175 for 7 before the game was called off due to bad weather, one run shy of the five-over 'match' threshold. Given Sussex were well ahead of the DLS rate, the home side were understandably frustrated while Surrey were probably relieved to escape Hove with a point.
Surrey are currently third in the South Group, with four wins and two defeats from nine matches.
Who's in form?
Douthwaite and Weighell put on a show with the bat for Glamorgan against Middlesex. Not only did they enjoy a record partnership, both players also scored their maiden T20 half-centuries, with Douthwaite scoring 53 runs off 31 balls and Weighell 51 off 26. Douthwaite now has 97 runs at a strike rate of 144.77 to go with his team-leading 10 wickets while Weighell has 91 runs in four appearances.
David Lloyd also chipped in with a useful 29 off 25 balls, taking him to 126 runs for the season and making him the fourth Glamorgan batter to reach triple-figures.
Jamie Smith scored a brisk half-century against Sussex, posting 57 runs from 43 balls while Laurie Evans (31 off 26) and Jamie Overton (28 off 14) once again chipped in with useful contributions. Smith now has 148 runs in seven innings while Overton has 97 at a strike rate of 183.01. Will Jacks continues to top the club's run-scoring standings with 254 runs.
With the ball, Surrey are one of only four counties without a bowler with 10 or more wickets to their name. Dan Moriarty and the absent Sam Curran continue to lead the way with six apiece. Of the players to bowl more than 10 overs, Jacks is the most economical, conceding 6.5 runs per over.
What's the team news?
Glamorgan: Nick Selman is in isolation following a positive Covid-19 test. Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser, as close contacts, are also unavailable as they self-isolate.
Glamorgan squad: Chris Cooke, Kiran Carlson, Dan Douthwaite, Colin Ingram, David Lloyd, Sam Pearce, Billy Root, Prem Sisodiya, Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, Roman Walker, James Weighell
Surrey: Jordan Clark, Jade Dernbach and Ryan Patel miss out from the abandoned clash with Sussex, with the former attending the birth of his child on Monday (June 28). Conor McKerr returns but Jason Roy, Tom Curran and Sam Curran remain with England.
Surrey squad: Gareth Batty, Hashim Amla, Gus Atkinson, Rory Burns, Laurie Evans, Ben Geddes, Will Jacks, Kyle Jamieson, Conor McKerr, Dan Moriarty, Jamie Overton, Ryan Patel, Ollie Pope, Jamie Smith (wk)
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On foot: The most popular and pleasant means of reaching Sophia Gardens Cardiff from Cardiff Central Station is on foot. The final part of the 15-minute leisurely stroll takes you along the banks of the River Taff through Bute Park and the grounds of Cardiff Castle.
By bike: A popular way to travel to the Stadium is by bicycle and we are in the ideal location to do so i.e. via the Taff Trail which runs from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. The Stadium has 25 cycle parking spaces located underneath the Altodigital stand and 10 spaces by Gate Two.
From London: Travel time is approximately 3 hours via the M4 Westbound.
From Birmingham: Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours via M5 Southbound and then the M4 Westbound.
From the East: Exit the M4 at Junction 29 and follow the A48M towards Llandaff. Join Cardiff Road. Sophia Gardens Cardiff is situated off Sophia Close which is on Cathedral Road.
From the West: Exit the M4 at Junction 33. Follow the A4232 for 6.2 miles and exit on the slip road onto Leckwith Road. Follow the A4161 and then turn left onto Cathedral Road (A4119). Turn right onto Sophia Close where Sophia Gardens Cardiff is situated.
Public Car Parking: Parking inside the stadium on match days is limited to players, officials and permit holders only. Public car parking is available in the Sophia Gardens Pay and Display car park situated within Sophia Close.
Disabled Parking: A limited number of disabled parking bays are available for every match day held at the Stadium and these are allocated on an application basis. For more details please contact reception on 02920 419 381 or email@example.com
Park and Ride: Glamorgan Cricket do operate a Park and Ride service on international and other major match days. This service usually runs from Cardiff City Stadium to the drop off point in Sophia Close.
By train: For details of the regular inter-city and high-speed trains that run between Cardiff and all major towns and cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham and Swansea, please visit: www.nationalrail.co.uk
By bus: Cardiff Bus services run regularly between Cardiff Central Station and Cathedral Road (adjacent to Sophia Gardens Cardiff) Routes going via Cathedral Road include:
Number 25 Circular Service to Llandaff North and North Road
Number 62 service to Llandaff, Danescourt, Pentrebane, Fairwater and Canton
Number 63 service to Ffordd Berllan, Central Station, Radyr and Llandaff.
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Having been defeated by Middlesex at the weekend, Glamorgan are unlikely to defeat a team of Surrey's calibre. Away win.
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