Power of the Proteas helps Glamorgan to cruise home
BIG hitting South African Colin Ingram was the star of the show with an unbeaten 70 from 43 balls as Glamorgan cruised into the T20 Blast Finals Day with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Leicestershire Foxes.
Craig Meschede claimed 3-17 as Leicestershire struggled after electing to bat first and were dismissed for just 123 in 19.2 overs.
The hosts then lost Aneurin Donald in the first over but that was as good as it got as Jacques Rudolph (46no) and Ingram eased Glamorgan to victory with more than six overs to spare.
And Ingram believes that Glamorgan deserve their place at Edgbaston for Finals Day due to the cricket they have been playing recently.
He said: “We’ve been playing great cricket the last couple of weeks and there was a good feeling in the dressing room today.
“We got off to a pretty quick start and for the bowlers to respond the way they did and really change the pace of the game and attack the wickets, for me that’s what set up the win.
“Leicestershire have had a great tournament, especially the top four and have done some damage with the bat so it was great to get amongst the wickets and we gained momentum. Special mention to Craig [Meschede]. He bowled an incredible spell there which turned the game on its head.”
Ingram put on 121 with captain Rudolph and was quick to praise his compatriot and delighted with his own form after a couple of recent failures.
“I really enjoy batting with Jacques [Rudolph], he’s a really positive influence on me and batting together again was great.
“It was nice to play freely. Over the last few weeks, I haven’t got as many as I would have liked so it was nice to have a let-off early on and get on with it.”
Leicestershire started brightly with openers Cameron Delport and Luke Ronchi taking them to 28 without loss after just two overs.
Marchant de Lange bowled Delport for ten in the third over but that did not stem the tide as Mark Cosgrove joined Ronchi in the middle and they raced to 48-1 before Graham Wagg bowled Ronchi in the fifth over.
Leicestershire then lost their way as Colin Ackermann, Cosgrove and Aadil Ali all perished to leave them struggling on 87-5 in the 12th over.
The wickets continued to tumble as Ned Eckersley sliced to third man off Meschede, Tom Wells gave Ingram a simple return catch and Matt Pillans played on to De Lange.
Clint McKay drove straight to cover before the final wicket pair of Gavin Griffiths and Callum Parkinson contributed 21 before Griffiths was bowled by Wagg to end the innings on 123.
Glamorgan got off to a poor start as Donald drove McKay to Ackermann at mid-off in the first over. That brought Ingram to the wicket and he was immediately into his stride as he swept Ali to the boundary before launching him over the field for another boundary.
Ingram pulled Griffiths for six and then sent a Pillans delivery to the fence for another boundary as Glamorgan reached 37-1after the powerplay.
The South African was then dropped by McKay at short third man off Pillans before dispatching the bowler into the crowd. Rudolph then got into the action, helping himself to three fours in an over from Griffiths.
Ingram reached his half century with a single off Delport before ending the match in style with two sixes and two fours off Wells in the 13th over.
It’s a job well done! Jacques Rudolph and Colin Ingram congratulate one another on the stand which ensured victory. Inset: Leicestershire’s Mark Cosgrove is bowled by Craig Meschede