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Matthew Mott backs ‘hard-nosed’ Glamorgan for Friends Life T20 quarter-finals

MATTHEW Mott believes his Glamorgan side are playing the kind of “hard-nosed cricket” which will help them qualify for the Friends Life T20 quarter-finals.

The Welsh county have won both their opening Twenty20 fixtures this season, and today they travel to Rugby to face a Warwickshire side (2.30pm) they beat by four wickets on Wednesday.

  1. Matthew Mott believes his Glamorgan side are playing the kind of hard-nosed cricket that will see them progress in the Friends Life T20.

    Matthew Mott believes his Glamorgan side are playing the kind of “hard-nosed cricket” that will see them progress in the Friends Life T20.

Victory at the Swalec Stadium saw Glamorgan climb to the top of the Midlands, West and Wales Group, while they are third in Group C of the Yorkshire Bank 40 and in with a chance of reaching the knockout stages of that tournament.

Glamorgan have not fared so well in the four-day format — losing four of their eight matches in Division Two of the LV= County Championship — but head coach Mott has been encouraged by the season so far.


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“I think we’ve played reasonable cricket in all formats,” he said.

“A few things have conspired against us in four-day cricket and we haven’t got the results, but we’ve made some strides.

“In one-day cricket we’ve been on the end of some good results, so it’s important we keep things in perspective.

“We’ve had a couple of good wins but there’s a lot cricket left in this tournament.

“We’re playing the brand of cricket we want — hard-nosed cricket.

“If we keep improving with every game, we’ve got a good chance of making the quarter-finals.”

Glamorgan have named an unchanged 14-man squad for today’s match, hoping that Jim Allenby will have recovered from the illness which forced him to miss Wednesday’s win over Warwickshire.

That victory owed much to an explosive late cameo from new signing Nathan McCullum, who struck 18 from five balls.

The New Zealander is set to feature again this afternoon, and Mott hopes Glamorgan can build on the momentum of their opening two wins.

“Twenty20 games often come down to the last seven or eight balls, and it’s the team which takes the initiative in that situation which wins,” he said.

“Thankfully, we had the experience of Nathan McCullum to come in at the end and he really took the game away when it was looking it could have gone either way.

“It was a great win for us and certainly the two wins have given us a lot of confidence going into today’s game.”

Glamorgan: from J. Allenby, M. Wallace, C. Cooke, M. North (capt), M. Goodwin, B. Wright, S. Walters, N. McCullum, N. James, D. Cosker, M. Hogan, W. Owen, G. Wagg, A. Jones.

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