Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph has praised Aneurin Donald after the youngster’s contribution to keeping the county top of the NatWest T20 Blast table.
Half-centuries by Rudolph and Donald, combined with a skilful late two-over stint of 1 for 12 by Craig Meschede, helped Glamorgan extend their leadership of the South Group with an emphatic 25-run win over Kent on Sunday.
Rudolph’s captain’s knock of 77 not out from 52 balls saw Glamorgan post 199 for 2 at Canterbury – a total that proved too tough for Kent despite Joe Denly’s 68 as the hosts fell well short with a 20-over total of 174 for 4.
It means Glamorgan stay leading their table and Rudolph said: “It was difficult for me to get the ball away in the beginning, but Aneurin Donald played unbelievably well.
“He really got our momentum going and his 50 off 30 balls was just what we needed up front. As the innings progressed I felt that the wicket was getting a little slower and we had to get a little clever with our shot-making.
“I said at the start that we set up really well with our batting line-up at the moment and that gives us quite a bit of freedom up front.”
“It’s not foreign territory for us to defend a decent total. A lot of times when we’ve played this summer you come up against the likes of Michael Klinger and Joe Denly, guys that can give their side’s greats starts, so our bowlers have had to stay patient and stick to their processes.
“You only need to take one or two wickets quickly and it really slows the run rate and that’s exactly what happened today.”
Glamorgan return to action against Gloucestershire in Cardiff on Thursday.
The county currently have a two-point lead over Somerset and Surrey with seven matches remaining.
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