Glamorgan into NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day for just the second time
Welsh county head to Edgbaston after thrashing Leicestershire
Last Updated: 24/08/17 9:52am
Glamorgan will compete at T20 Finals Day for just the second time in their history after thrashing three-time winners Leicestershire Foxes by nine wickets in their quarter-final in Cardiff.
The Welsh county - who lost to Leicestershire in the last four in their only Finals Day appearance to date, in 2004 - skittled their visitors for 123 before coasting to their target in 13.4 overs thanks to an unbroken 121-run stand between Colin Ingram (70no off 43) and Jacques Rudolph (46no).
Ingram made Leicestershire pay for dropping him on 25 - captain Clint McKay with the error at short fine leg - as he struck his third 50-plus score of the campaign, the left-hander's five sixes taking his season's tally to a tournament-high 30.
Craig Meschede (3-17) was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers while Graham Wagg (2-12), who bowled Leicestershire's top scorer Luke Ronchi (28 off 18), and Marchant de Lange (2-23) each bagged two wickets.
Ned Eckersley chipped in with 25 for Leicestershire, who snuck into the quarter-finals with a fourth-placed finish in the North Group having won their final four games.
However, the Foxes lost five wickets for 15 runs between the 12th and 16th overs, including Mat Pillans bowled off his elbow in comedy fashion by a De Lange short ball.
McKay had Aneurin Donald caught by Colin Ackermann from the sixth ball of Glamorgan's reply but Cameron Delport then spilled a tough chance to remove Rudolph at backward point.
Rudolph's reprieve, plus the one given to Ingram shortly after, proved costly for Foxes, who missed the chance to reach Finals Day for the first time since winning the competition in 2011 - Ingram sealing Glamorgan's win by swiping a free hit to deep square leg for four.
A minute's silence was held pre-match for late Glamorgan legend Don Shepherd, who passed away at the age of 90 last week, and home coach Robert Croft said "emotion was high" for the county.
"We lost a great man of Glamorgan cricket," Croft told Sky Sports' Michael Atherton. "He was tough as granite on the field and smooth as silk off it.
"He was a gentleman and every time I spoke to him everything fell all right. He had that calming influence and was a support and inspiration to lots of cricketers in Wales.
"We let a lot of people down when we got to the quarter-finals this time last year [against Yorkshire] and didn't turn up, but this time we played a great game of cricket."
The last two Blast quarter-finals are live on Sky Sports, too - Nottinghamshire v Somerset, with Jos Buttler in the Pod, is the offering on Thursday (6pm, Sky Sports Cricket) before Surrey host Birmingham Bears (6.45pm, Friday).