Wallace can make his Mark
Dave Tickner is tipping Mark Wallace to shine for Glamorgan in the first Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final against Hampshire on Saturday.
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The first Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final takes place on Saturday afternoon.
Hampshire always seem to be involved come the business end of one-day tournaments these days, and they topped their group to set up a last-four clash against Glamorgan. They, in contrast, are rarely to be found at this stage of such competitions. This is their first semi-final since 2004, while they last contested a Lord's final in 2000.
Glamorgan finished the group stage in sensational form, winning six of their last seven group games to qualify as the best runner-up from the three pools.
They face a hugely difficult task at the Ageas Bowl, though. Hampshire are defending champions and have a team boasting plenty of experience when it comes to high-pressure knockout games.
They won all six of their home games in the group stage and have won their last six 'List A' games against the Welsh side going back to 2006.
Instinctively, 8/15 feels far too short for any side in a semi-final, but the stats suggest it's perhaps not short enough. It should be noted though that Glamorgan won four of their six away games in Group C.
Hampshire will have to do without their England opener Michael Carberry, although their bowling stocks are boosted by the return of Pakistan international Sohail Tanvir.
He's had a good campaign at the top of the order, making 417 runs at 41.7 and a strike-rate above 100. He's opened the batting throughout the campaign, top-scoring in three of 11 matches (the home game against Unicorns was a washout) and one of his key rivals in this market is now absent.
This doesn't look a game to risk high stakes on - especially with a forecast that includes the prospect of rain - but Wallace is an experienced campaigner whose stats suggest he's worth a small play here.
- The match is being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports and gets under way at 1245 BST.