Glamorgan Dragons confident of win over Surrey Lions

Matthew Mott
Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott is upbeat on back-to-back games

Glamorgan Dragons go into their third Friends Life t20 clash against Surrey Lions at the Kia Oval confident of a second victory in their group.

The Welsh county opened the competition with a good win at home to Middlesex.

But they followed that up with a two-wicket defeat in a low scoring game against Hampshire.

"They [Surrey] have been in good one-day form so they are going to be a tough challenge for us," said Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott.

"We have played pretty well against them in the other forms so we'll have a good crack at them and see if we can open up their batting.

"Their batting has been pretty strong and they are the type of team who [like to] get on top so if we can pick up some early wickets and get into the middle order we will go a long way to winning the game.

"I'd imagine it will be a typical Surrey wicket. 175 is par and [we will] try to win from there."

It will be a busy 24 hours for Glamorgan. After the Surrey match they return to Cardiff to host Kent Spitfires at the Swalec Stadium on Saturday evening.

But Mott is not concerned about two games in close proximity.

"Everyone is pretty accustomed to t20. Back-to-back games - you have got to get on with it. It's not a massive work load on the bowlers," believed Mott.

"I think it's better you get some games back-to-back especially if you are in reasonable form which we feel like we are.

"If you get a couple of wins you certainly don't mind playing games close together."

Mott is confident despite Surrey likely to include England star Kevin Pietersen in their line-up.

Meanwhile, seam bowler Will Owen is recovering from a groin strain and Glamorgan hope to have him in contention for the game against the Spitfires.

Dragons: from Alviro Petersen (captain), Jim Allenby, Chris Ashling, David Brown, Chris Cooke, Mark Cosgrove, Dean Cosker, Robert Croft, Alex Jones, Mike O'Shea, Graham Wagg, Mark Wallace, Stewart Walters, Ben Wright.