Colin Ingram’s all-round efforts ensured Glamorgan beat Leicestershire by nine wickets to reach Finals Day for the first time since 2004.
What a day it was for Ingram. After signing up for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, as well as being named on the auction roster for the T20 Global League, the 32-year-old South African struck 70 and took 1-19 to help his side thrash Leicestershire as they go in pursuit of their first-ever T20 Blast title.
Glamorgan were set up thanks to some excellent spells of bowling from the South African trio of Marchant de Lange, Craig Meschede and Ingram. Cameron Delport, fresh off his career best 109 not out against Nottinghamshire last week to seal Leicestershire’s spot in the quarter-finals, was bowled by De Lange for five, sparking the start of a regular flow of wickets throughout their 123 all out. De Lange finished with figures of 2-23, while Meschede, born in South Africa, but educated in England, took 3-17 from his allotted overs, which included the wicket of Colin Ackermann for seven. Ingram then tied up an end with 1-19.
The early wicket of Aneurin Donald for five was as good as got for the visitors in Cardiff, as Ingram and Jacques Rudolph (46 not out) proceeded to blast an unbeaten stand of 121 off 12.4 overs to cruise into the final four. Ingram’s 70 included five fours and five sixes to move into the top-ten run-scorers in the tournament. He’s scored 451 runs at an average of 50.11, and he’s also struck the most sixes in the tournament, with 30 maximums. It makes him a valuable asset going into the T20 Global League player draft on Sunday.