Match Preview: Essex v Glamorgan

Essex v Glamorgan
Vitality Blast
The Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford
Friday 16 June, 7pm

After victory in the LV= Insurance County Championship again Somerset earlier this week, attention returns back to the Vitality Blast with the first of 5 games before another red-ball match in late June.


Aaron Beard is back to match fitness and named in the Eagles’ Vitality Blast squad for the first time this season with Head Coach Anthony McGrath naming a 15-player squad for the Friday night under lights.

Adam Rossington remains sidelined with a finger injury but Michael Pepper has recovered from his similar injury during the Championship break.

Glam T20 (h)

The Opposition: Glamorgan

Matchday Squad: Kiran Carlson (c), Chris Cooke, Andy Gorvin, Peter Hatzoglou, Colin Ingram, Ben Kellaway, Jamie McIlroy, Sam Northeast, Billy Root, Prem Sisodiya, Ruaidhri Smith, Callum Taylor, Zain ul Hassan, Timm van der Gugten.

Captain: Kiran Carlson
Overseas players: Colin Ingram (South Africa), Peter Hatzoglou (Australia)
Finals Day appearances: 2 (2004, 2017)
Titles: 0
2023 leading run-scorer so far: Colin Ingram (322)
2023 leading wicket-taker so far: Jamie McIlroy (11)


Last time out:

Glamorgan v Essex – Vitality Blast – Essex won by 51 runs

Essex’s last game in the Vitality Blast was also against Glamorgan and it was Simon Harmer’s team who secured the win in Cardiff. A career-best 78 from Paul Walter set up a 51-run victory as Essex set an impressive 226-9 at Sophia Gardens last Friday evening.

Essex’s total was the second highest ever made at Sophia Gardens with only Surrey’s total a week earlier being higher.

Essex lost wickets regularly but kept on coming at the Glamorgan bowlers. The innings had just one stand of more than 50 runs but there were important contributions throughout.

Glamorgan started well in their chase but fell away as they looked to keep up with the rate. Colin Ingram top scored with 48 but no Glamorgan batter made a half century as they were bowled out for 175 with Peter Hatzoglou unable to bat.

Paul Walter was the star player wit his record innings coming off just 31 balls to ultimately put the game out of Glamorgan’s reach and secure a third win on the bounce heading into Friday’s match at Chelmsford.

How To Watch:

The big clash between Glamorgan and Essex will be streamed live from Chelmsford with a free multi-camera production available to watch via the Essex Cricket Matchzone and Club YouTube channel.

Clips, statistics and an interactive scorecard will be available, as well as full match coverage on the Club’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.