Recent Match Report – Glamorgan vs Sussex, Vitality Blast 2021, South Group
Sussex 201 for 8 (Wright 77, Salt 63, Douthwaite 3-28) beat Glamorgan 168 (Lloyd 51, Lenham 4-26) by 33 runs
A first counter with 144 places between Luc Wright and Phil Salt helped Sussex beat Glamorgan by 33 points in the Vitality Blast. The two forerunners guided their team to a hefty 201-for-8 total that was always going to be tough to chase.
And it turned out that Glamorgan was all out for 168 with David Lloyd making 51. The 16-year-old Sussex legpinner and player of the match Archie lenham continued their fine Blast form with 4 for 26. A second loss in as many days leaves Glamorgan in need of a miracle to advance to the quarter-finals while Sussex remains in the qualifying mix, having ended a series of two losses and five without result.
Sussex won the toss, chose to strike and got off to a flying start. Wright smashed a six in a row over a long stretch, but his opening partner, Salt, was just as aggressive as the Glamorgan bowlers had swapped.
Sussex reached 77 unbeaten after just six overs as both batsmen dotted the border. Wright rose to 50 with just 24 balls and the 100 only came in ninth. Salt’s half-century came from 28 balls with eight fours, but he was eventually cleaned up by Dan Douthwaite.
Wright immediately followed him to the flag in the same manner when he was caught by Chris Cooke for 77 of 41 balls.
The Sussexes were still set for a whopping 145-2 with seven overs to go, but Ravi Bopara only made 12 and their middle order struggled to replicate the exploits of their opening pair. David Wiese failed and Harrison Ward went on the first ball, but Australia’s Travis Head’s six back-to-back streak helped Sussex pass 200. Douthwaite finished with an impressive 3-28.
Glamorgan took 16 and 12 of Mitchell Claydon and Tymal Mills’ opening overs in response as Lloyd started off with a bang. This helped Glamorgan to 61 without losing the first six overs. Lloyd was more aggressive than his partner Kiran Carlson who was the first to go, caught in the long run by Head in Bopara’s first over.
Sussex waited until the eighth to introduce Lenham, but his first six balls only lasted four points. Glamorgan then unnecessarily lost 3-short Colin Ingram.
Lloyd rose to 50 on just 27 balls, but when he was caught superbly on the square-leg limit by Will Beer off Lenham, Glamorgan had 82 for three at the halfway point. Douthwaite hit Bopara in the Taff and Sophia Gardens locker rooms for six straight games, but Lenham got him and James Weighell as the Sussexes were comfortable winners.