SURREY BROWN CAPS V GLAMORGAN DRAGONS at the Brit Oval (C&G Trophy), 29 MAY 2006

About the only thing one can say about Surrey's prospects in this season's Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy is that they have one, if not two games in hand over most of their South Conference rivals. However, with Sussex having won four out of four, the C&G could end up being the biggest irrelevance to county cricket over the next four weeks since the demise of the Tilcon Trophy.

Even a win tomorrow will only see the Brown Caps move up one place up the South Conference table to sixth. So, with sunshine forecast to be in limited supply, it will be interesting to see what sort of a gate this fixture produces.

Anyway, in attempt to inject some excitement into this preview, the good news for the visitors is that Aussie batsman Mark Cosgrove will be available to play. Cosgrove, who injured his back a couple of days ago, is said by his Glamorgan skipper, Robert Croft, to be the most talented 21-year-old cricketer he has ever seen. But to underline the Dragons' lack of form in the one-day arena this term, Cosgrove is the only batsman to have made a fifty for the Welshmen. Thus far just one other recognised batsman, Richard Grant, is averaging over twenty.

Of the bowlers that Glamorgan will have on show tomorrow only David Harrison, Cosgrove and Darren Cosker have an economy rate below five runs per over in 2006. They have high hopes, however, of their new overseas recruit, New Zealand's tall left-arm seamer James Franklin. It has to be said, though, that one-day cricket is not Franklin's forte.

Glamorgan's David Harrison is poised to make his 50th appearance in List A one-day cricket. Alex Wharf goes into the contest with 146 List A wickets to his name. As for the hosts, Azhar Mahmood has 2,953 one-day runs and 247 wickets; Alistair Brown's run-tally stands at 9,974 and his good friend, Stewart Walters, is about to notch up his tenth List A appearance.

Jimmy Ormond is still out with a bad back, while Scott Newman is nursing a strained hamstring. Neil Saker, who has enjoyed an excellent start to the season with the ball in the 2nd XI, is drafted into Surrey's 13-man squad.

Ireland 14 May 2006 C&G No Result Stormont 100-2 (15) -
Somerset 7 May 2006 C&G Lost By 26 Runs The Oval 253 (47.5) 279-5 (50)
Kent 1 May 2006 C&G Won By 1 Run Canterbury 223-5 (30) 222-6 (30)
Sussex 30 Apr 2006 C&G Lost By 5 Wickets The Oval 272-9 (50) 274-5 (48.2)
Scotland 25 Sep 2005 NL Won By 8 Wickets The Oval 204-2 (30.3) 212-9 (45)

The form book suggests that Surrey, with a superior net run rate this term, have the edge. Having said that, the Brown Caps have lost their last two limited-overs encounters with Glamorgan. But with the Welshmen also rooted to the base of Division Two in the championship, it would seem that not everything is as it should be in the Dragons' dressing room. So, I am backing the hosts to taste victory tomorrow.

R Croft (capt), M Cosgrove, A Wharf, M Powell, D Hemp, M Wallace (wk), R Grant, J Franklin, D Harrison, A Davies and D Cosker.

Richard Illingworth and Jeremy Lloyds.

27 Jun 2004 NL Lost By 9 Wickets Cardiff Surrey Bat 197-8 (45) 94-1 (8.2)
25 Apr 2004 NL Lost By 7 Wickets The Oval Surrey Bat 146 (42.3) 147-3 (22.3)
14 Sep 2003 NL Won By 8 Runs Cardiff Surrey Bat 198-9 (45) 190 (43.4)
17 Aug 2003 NL Won By 58 Runs Whitgift Sch Surrey Bat 298-5 (45) 240 (39.4)
18 Jun 2002 C&G Won By 9 Runs The Oval Surrey Bat 438-5 (50) 429 (49.5)
16 Jul 2000 NL Won By 67 Runs The Oval Surrey Bat 268-5 (45) 201 (41.2)
27-28 May 2000 B&H Lost By 32 Runs Cardiff Glamorgan Bat 212 (43) 251 (49.1)
30 Apr 2000 NL Won By 10 Runs Cardiff Surrey Bat 185-9 (45) 175 (44.1)
25 Jul 1999 NL Lost By 71 Runs Pontypridd Glamorgan Bat 223 (39) 294-4 (45)
19 Jun 1999 NL Won By 143 Runs The Oval Surrey Bat 187 (45) 44 (17)
5 Jul 1998 NL Lost By 107 Runs Swansea Glamorgan Bat 77 (25.5) 184 (39.2)
7 Sep 1997 NL Won By 2 Wickets The Oval Surrey Field 243-8 (37) 242-8 (40)
15 Sep 1996 NL Won By 7 Wickets Cardiff Surrey Field 161-3 (32.5) 159-9 (40)