Cosgrove confident of Glamorgan Twenty20 success

Mark Cosgrove has arrived from Australia ahead of Glamorgan’s Friends Life t20 campaign believing the county can make a serious statement in this year’s competition.

The Tasmania left-handed opener has already joined up with his county team-mates as their second overseas player for the start of the competition on June 3.

Cosgrove is ready to launch a bid for more silverware after helping Tasmania lift the Sheffield Shield.

“Hopefully we can put together three or four games on the trot, really push to be in the quarter-finals and end up being in the finals day,” said a confident Cosgrove.

“Hopefully we can play some really good Twenty20. Our goal has to be to try and win the tournament. My last game was the Shield final, so it was a pretty big game for me and the team, so hopefully I’m still seeing [the ball] pretty well,” he added.

Cosgrove will hope to continue the form he showed in the 2010 Twenty20 Cup campaign when he was the third highest run-getter in the tournament with 562 runs, but despite his weight of runs the Welsh county were only able to win six of their 16 games.

Glamorgan had Aussie paceman Shaun Tait for last season’s tournament, but seven games into the tournament he was drafted into Australia’s one-day squad.

“I don’t think we will be too far away this year. Over the last couple of years all we have really been missing is one or two more wins,” said Cosgrove.

“Losing Taity was a big blow for us. We built our game plan around him and any other side would do exactly the same.”

Despite being Glamorgan’s leading run- scorer last season, with more than 2,000 in all competitions, Cosgrove was not re-engaged for the whole of the 2011 season, which was seen as a controversial move in certain quarters.

That decision was made after the appointment of South African Alviro Petersen as captain, which meant Cosgrove could play in only the Twenty20 Cup this season where two overseas players per side are allowed.

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