T20 Blast bite-size preview: Glamorgan

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Glamorgan finished third in their division in last year's competition, winning five games out of 10, thus missed out on the knock-out stages.

<b>Brief Overview:</b> The only side not based in England, Glamorgan allows the ECB to still tack 'and Wales' onto their official title. They finished third in their division in last year's competition, winning five games out of 10, thus missed out on the knock-out stages.

<b>Venue:</b> Glamorgan are based in Cardiff, where they play at Sophia Gardens AKA the Swalec Stadium. The venue was recently, and slightly controversially, announced as the location for the first Ashes Test in 2015.

<b>Batsman To Watch:</b> Australia-born all-rounder Jim Allenby may take a bunch of wickets, but is the county's best batsman too. So far this season he's got a string of 40-odd scores, and averages 30 in T20s. He also has a century to his name in the shortest format. It doesn't hurt that he has at least one five-fer in every format too.

<b>Bowler To Watch:</b> Another Aussie with a British passport, Michael Hogan, is the team's premier paceman, and has been on a nifty run of form since the start of the new County season, taking 10 wickets in three innings. He was also in cracking form for Western Australia earlier in the year, helping them reach the Sheffield Shield final.

<b>Overseas Signings:</b> Former South Africa and Yorkshire opener Jacques Rudolph is the overseas pro this season, with over 100 matches in the format to his name. He averages nearly 30 in T20s, and played for the Titans in South Africa's T20 contest this year, though they failed to defend their title. He has a lot of experience in England, having played for Yorkshire for four years and then with Surrey for a season.

<b>Know Your Mascot:</b> An adorable, though rather obvious a mascot is Dewi the Dragon, who has been the Welsh side's talisman for yonks. His big claim to fame is his 2012 Mascot Race triumph. His twin brother, also named Dewi (not very original, the Walesers) is rugby side London Welsh's mascot, though they're not identical as the latter is red and not green.

<b>Cricket365's Prediction:</b> Fourth in South Division.

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