T20 Blast: Title always Glamorgan's target says coach Croft

Robert Croft
T20 Blast semi-final: Glamorgan v Birmingham Bears
Date: Saturday, 2 September Time: 11:00 BST Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Coverage: Commentaries on BBC Sport website from BBC Wales, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC Radio 5 live; text and video updates on BBC Sport website

Glamorgan coach Robert Croft says his side have targeted winning the T20 Blast since early in their campaign.

The Welsh county take on hosts Birmingham Bears in the first semi-final at Edgbaston.

"From very early on, we talked about winning the competition, not a home quarter-final or the semi-final," said Croft.

"I'm not worried about the guys thinking they've reached the end of the rainbow."

Glamorgan have never reached the final of the T20 competition, with Croft captaining the side on their only other Finals Day appearance in 2004, when they lost to Leicestershire in the semi-final.

'Very motivated men'

"It's about getting there (Edgbaston) and playing the same style and brand that we've played all the way through, there's no reason to change it," Croft told BBC Wales Sport.

"We see this as two games left, not one. It can be chaotic on Finals Day, there's a lot going on and there can be distractions, but the goal for us is to keep things as normal as possible.

"We've got a group of very motivated men, both young and old."

'Five years on the outside' - Hogan

Glamorgan rested T20 captain Jacques Rudolph, top scorer Colin Ingram, wicketkeeper Chris Cooke, all-rounder Graham Wagg and fast bowler Marchant de Lange from their Championship defeat by Sussex in Colwyn Bay.

Veteran Michael Hogan preferred to keep playing in the build-up.

"We're really excited to show our skills on the big stage," said 36-year-old seamer Hogan. "We're happy where we are as a team, happy to be there but we won't be fulfilled until we win it.

"For the five years I've been here we've always been the outsiders so that's fine, but we'll go there with full confidence we can win the tournament.

"We have a good record away from home, and we'll be right in the hunt."

Glamorgan field South African batsman David Miller as their second overseas player, while Aneurin Donald, Andrew Salter and Craig Meschede have all been regulars.

Croft names squad

Glamorgan have named a 15-man squad, with Nick Selman, Owen Morgan, Tom Cullen and Lukas Carey added to the 11 that beat Leicestershire.

Opening bat Selman and fast bowler Carey have each played four games in the team's run to the semi-final.

All-rounder Morgan and wicket-keeper Cullen have been included in previous squads, but have yet to feature in a final eleven.

Of the others who have played this season, Timm van der Gugten is still out injured while David Lloyd only made a second-team return this week.

Glamorgan squad: Rudolph (capt), Carey, Carlson, Cullen, Cooke, De Lange, Donald, Hogan, Ingram, Meschede, Miller, Morgan, Salter, Selman, Wagg.

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