The two quarter finals of the Royal London One Day Cup take place on Thursday with four sides looking to make it into the last two spots in the semi-final next week. Hampshire and Worcestershire await the winners of these two matches.
We have one of these two games live on TV which is the second one to get going. I’m sure there will be many ways of keeping up to date with proceedings elsewhere though including the TV coverage when it gets going.
Nottinghamshire vs Kent
The defending champions Nottinghamshire take on the South Group third placed side Kent for the right to travel to Worcestershire in the semi-final on Sunday. I actually think this is the better of the two semi-finals so it is disappointing that the match is not on TV.
Nottinghamshire stuttered badly in the group stage but an emphatic final day win saw them leap into second in the table but that wasn’t reflective of the cricket they played for much of the campaign. On the flip side Kent were extremely consistent and only lost out on second place in the South because they lost their last game when they were already through and didn’t need to win.
I think that means Kent are worth backing at odds against here. I’m never sure about the Nottinghamshire batting line up. They are either amazing or dreadful without a lot in between and the absence of Alex Hales might not help with that. Kent are usually very good with the bat and having Sam Billings available should help them. Kent have a decent attack too and at odds against they look good value here.
Essex vs Yorkshire
The second match, which is a day-night match, is the TV offering and sees the South Group runners up Essex hosting the third placed side in the North Group in Yorkshire in a match between two sides who are both missing key players.
Essex will be without their captain Ryan ten Doeschate for this match as his mouthing off has got him a suspension while Yorkshire will be missing all five England men in Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid. Essex do at least have Alastair Cook back for the match which could be key.
This one could go either way. I would probably favour Essex but we’ve seen them melt under pressure in the past so taking them at odds on isn’t for me. Therefore I’ll look to the side markets where the sixes line could be a little too high at 12.5 here. Save for Tom Kohler-Cadmore, neither side has a genuine six hitter in their ranks and both attacks have enough quality to be competitive and get stuck into the top orders of the respective sides. With that in mind I think under 12.5 is the way to go and shouldn’t be threatened unless TK-C goes mad.
I’ll also have a little go at Ashar Zaidi to be the top Essex batsman. He has already made two 50s in this competition and in the last week he has made two more for the second XI in a couple of T20 matches so he is hitting the ball well. We’ve seen all tournament that Yorkshire are terrible at the death with the ball in hand so if all goes to plan Zaidi should be able to tee off. If he isn’t chasing a huge score 12/1 could look good value given his recent form.
WON – Back Kent to beat Nottinghamshire for a 4/10 stake at 2.38 with Coral
WON – Back Essex vs Yorkshire – Under 12.5 sixes for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with William Hill
Back A.Zaidi Top Essex Batsman for a 1/10 stake at 13.00 with Ladbrokes