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Rare quarter-final awaits Glamorgan

Glamorgan can uncomplicate a three-way battle for the last remaining quarter-final place in the NatWest T20 Blast South Group – simply by beating Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.

While Somerset and Kent Spitfires below them will be sweating on the permutations they need to get out of the group tonight, the Welsh county know that victory will be enough to resolve all calculations.

That would then send Glamorgan into a knockout clash with North Group winners Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford next week.

Should they seal their place it will be a rare trip to the last-eight.

Glamorgan have only twice progressed out of their group – only Derbyshire Falcons’ record is worse – since the domestic Twenty20 competition began in 2003.

The last time Glamorgan reached the quarter-finals was back in 2008 – when they were handed a late reprieve after Yorkshire were disqualified from the competition after fielding an ineligible player.

Jim Allenby’s side have rightly earned their chance to book their place on their own terms tonight following a memorable campaign that has seen them end a 10-year hoodoo at Taunton as well as securing wins at already-qualified Surrey and Hampshire.

Allenby and Jacques Rudolph have been the most prolific opening partnership in the tournament.

Allenby is the third highest run-scorer in the Blast with 492 at an average of 49.20 while Rudolph sits fifth on the list with 432 runs at 48.00.

Both are fit to meet Gloucestershire after being named in a 13-man squad which sees only Will Owen not included from the team that lost to Essex Eagles by seven wickets last time out.

That was Glamorgan’s second successive defeat, to hint at a late-season wobble, and they will take on a Gloucestershire side who beat the Eagles in their last game by six wickets despite having no chance of going through.

* The team batting second has won 13 of the past 14 Twenty20 matches between Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.

* Hamish Marshall needs four runs to become the first batsman to score 2,000 domestic Twenty20 runs for Gloucestershire.

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