Glamorgan take on Worcestershire in Bob Willis Trophy

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7 Aug 2020 | Cricket

Head coach Matt Maynard had made one change to his 13-man squad for Glamorgan’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road.

About Glamorgan
Glamorgan (), or sometimes Glamorganshire (Welsh: Morgannwg [mɔrˈɡanʊɡ] or Sir Forgannwg [ˈsiːr vɔrˈɡanʊɡ]), is one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales and a former administrative county of Wales. Originally an early medieval petty kingdom of varying boundaries known as Glywysing. Then taken over by the Normans as a lordship. The area that became known as Glamorgan was both a rural, pastoral area, and a conflict point between the Norman lords and the Welsh princes. It was defined by a large concentration of castles.
After falling under English rule in the 16th century, Glamorgan became a more stable county, and exploited its natural resources to become an important part of the Industrial Revolution. Glamorgan was the most populous and industrialised county in Wales, and was once called the “crucible of the Industrial Revolution,” as it contained the world centres of three metallurgical industries and its rich resources of coal.
Under the Local Government Act 1972, the county boroughs and administrative county of Glamorgan were abolished on 1 April 1974, with three new counties being established, each containing a former county borough: West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan. The name also survives in that of Vale of Glamorgan, a county borough.
Glamorgan comprises distinct regions: the industrial valleys, the agricultural vale and the scenic Gower Peninsula. The county has boundaries with Brecknockshire (north), Monmouthshire (east), Carmarthenshire (west), and to the south is the Bristol Channel. The total area is 2,100 km2 (811 sq mi), and the total population of the three preserved counties of Glamorgan in 1991 was 1,288,309. Glamorgan contains two cities, Cardiff, the county town and from 1955 the capital city of Wales, and Swansea. The highest point in the county is Craig y Llyn (600 metres (2,000 ft)) which is situated near the village of Rhigos in the Cynon Valley.

Glamorgan take on Worcestershire in Bob Willis Trophy

About Worcestershire
Worcestershire ( (listen) WUUS-tər-shər, -⁠sheer; written abbreviation: Worcs) is a non-metropolitan administrative, ceremonial and historic county, situated in the West Midlands region of England.
The cathedral city of Worcester is the largest settlement and county town. The major towns include Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, and Stourport-on-Severn. The historic county also contained Dudley, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Oldbury, Yardley, Kings Norton and Northfield, whilst the rest of Worcestershire is largely rural. The current administrative county is divided into six districts: Worcester, Redditch, Wychavon, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, and Bromsgrove.
The area that is now Worcestershire was absorbed into the unified Kingdom of England in 927, at which time it was constituted as a county (see History of Worcestershire). Over the centuries the county borders have been modified, but it was not until 1844 that substantial changes were made. This culminated with the abolition of Worcestershire in 1974 with its northern area becoming part of the West Midlands and the rest part of the county of Hereford and Worcester. However, in 1998 the county of Hereford and Worcester was abolished and Worcestershire was reconstituted without the northern area ceded to the West Midlands.

Timm van der Gugten returns to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury and replaces Ruaidhri Smith who picked up a hamstring injury during the defeat to Somerset earlier this week.

After suffering defeat to Somerset in the first round of fixtures, Billy Root believes the side has the ability to bounce back against a Worcestershire team that beat Gloucestershire convincingly at Bristol.

Glamorgan take on Worcestershire in Bob Willis Trophy

“It’s important that as a squad that we take the positives from the Somerset game and we want to put those into practice again, and get the result we are after,” said Root.

“They had a very skilful attack, and it was a challenge but seeing the way that Cooky played in that second innings it gives us something we can take into the next few games and gather some momentum.”

Worcestershire are slightly more familiar opponents, having played them in recent years in the County Championship, and Root knows that it’ll be a hard-fought encounter against a determined side.

“They’re always up for the fight, you know going there it’s not going to be an easy game. We need to concentrate on what we do well and if we do that we should get a result.

“It’s a nice place to go, they play the game hard and fair so it’s good competition against Worcestershire and I always look forward to this game.