Power of the Proteas helps Glam­or­gan to cruise home

The Cricket Paper - - QUARTER-FINALS - By Andy Ed­wards

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.

PIC­TURES: Getty Im­ages

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

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