Tuesday 31st July 2018

Event of the Day: Vitality T20 Blast between Surrey and Glamorgan

Our event of the day is the Vitality T20 Blast fixture between Surrey and Glamorgan at the Oval in London. Both sides currently sit mid-table in the South Group. A win for Glamorgan would see them leapfrog their hosts, whilst victory for Surrey would leave them within touching distance of top spot. Aaron Finch and Jason Roy were in fine form on Friday as Surrey beat Somerset by nine wickets. They will be hoping for a similarly dominant display from their opening batsmen today. The partnership of Finch and Roy raced to 69 from just 3.5 overs as Surrey breezed past Somerset’s 99 for 6, in a reduced 10-over game. Tom Curran is set to make his second appearance of the T20 blast series, having recovered from injury. He took two wickets against Somerset and will look to continue his comeback in a similar vein of form today. 

Glamorgan meanwhile will take heart from their performance on Friday, despite slipping to defeat against table topping Gloucestershire. Having been left to chase a daunting 197 for 6, they put up a fight. Colin Ingram recorded 38 from 28 balls and Usman Khawaja scored 33 from 16 balls. However, the Welsh side didn’t have enough lower-order batting and were 30 runs short with a total of 167. A slightly improved display from Glamorgan today should make for a tight encounter. This T20 Blast season is as wide open and unpredictable as ever. No side is unbeaten, with defending champions Notts Outlaws already losing on four occasions. There is a real sense that anyone can beat anyone this year. We are set for another action-packed game of T20 cricket at the Oval today.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to Day 2 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose. Highlights include the great Serena Williams, who put on a spectacular showing at Wimbledon despite giving birth just 9 months previously, against Johanna Konta. British number one Konta will be desperate to recapture the form that has seen her reach two grand slam semi-finals - the former world number four won this title back in 2016. Elsewhere in the tennis world, the second day of action at the Citi Open gets underway in Washington, D.C.. Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki faces Anhelina Kalinina and US Open champion Sloane Stephens plays compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In the men’s draw, world class names such as Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori and David Goffin are due to be in action. Further sporting action in the United States can be found at Dodger Stadium, where the Los Angeles Dodgers welcome the Milwaukee Brewers for the second game of their MLB series. Qualifying for the most prestigious prize in club football continues across Europe with the crucial second leg in three Champions League second round qualifying matches: Hapeol Be’er Sheva versus Dinamo Zagreb, Sheriff Tiraspol against Shkendija and Spartak Trnava versus Legia Warsaw. In Europa Leaguequalification, Tobol Kostanay carry a 1-0 advantage into their away leg at Pyunik. The crossover stages ofWomen’s Hockey World Cup continue in London, with Italy versus India followed by England against South Korea. Elsewhere in the UK, Yorkshire host Leicestershire in the Vitality T20 Blast. In Chichester, flat racing can be found at Goodwood Racecourse, where the illustrious Goodwood Festival begins. Day 2 of the Sailing World Championships gets underway in Aarhus.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!


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