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Dalrymple is aiming to put things right; Glamorgan skipper aims to forget Richmond blow.

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GLAMORGAN captain Jamie Dalrymple is ready to rectify his mistakes during the Twenty20 midweek Middlesex mauling.

The Dragons were hammered by 84 runs at Richmond with Dalrymple admitting he made some crucial errors, which included putting Middlesex into bat.

Middlesex racked up 213, including an unbeaten 79 off 34 balls from Eoin Morgan and an explosive 31-ball 51 from Adam Gilchrist.

Dalrymple chose to give leading T20 bowler Robert Croft just two overs, despite the spinner conceding eight runs and trapping Gilchrist lbw.

"Richmond was not my finest game," admitted Dalrymple ahead of Essex's visit to Cardiff tonight (6.30pm).

"Twenty20 captaincy is hard and we had done pretty well in the first four matches, but the fifth was not flash.

"It turned into the perfect storm starting with the poor decision to bowl at the toss.

"It was based on perfectly good statistics and theories, but proved to be wrong.

"We bowled on a wicket that did not turn and batted on one that did.

"I would never have set out to bowl Crofty for only two overs.

"He has bowled very well for us in this tournament and brings so much experience.

"You do something you feel are for the best reasons, but you can miss the wood through the trees sometimes."

Dalrymple has challenged his players to forget the Middlesex defeat and return to winning ways after the Dragons opened the tournament with three consecutive victories.

"The Middlesex game does not come into it now," said Dalrymple.

"Putting to bed Richmond is something we are keen to do.

"That won't be hard because we have a tougher group of players here than we have had for a long time.

"We have done a lot of good things in this tournament and are keen to get back on that horse.

"The advantage of starting well in the tournament is that a game like Middlesex can be considered as a blip."

Dalrymple has also admitted he is out of form with the bat, but seems set to continue in his No 3 role.

"The batting order shape is good and has a clear structure," he added.

"I want to kick on because I have not done so far and we've got a hole there.

"I am working hard to make sure my game is firing.

"You have to work doubly hard in Twenty20 because you don't get the time in the middle to get things right.

"I opened last year and it went well and I scored the most runs in the competition.

"This is a new and important role for me and it is one which suits the team.

"I feel I am one knock away from making that 60 or 70."


Shaun Udal of Middlesex celebrates taking the wicket of Gareth Rees
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 19, 2010
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