It is a busy day in the Royal London One Day Cup on Wednesday with seven matches taking place up and down the country and the tournament cranks up a notch as we head towards the halfway stage of the round robin phase.
We have one match on TV on Wednesday despite the IPL match going on at the same time. That comes in the South Group while a number of the other matches will be played out in front of live streaming services and good social media updates.
Amazingly only two sides are unbeaten after the opening couple of rounds of matches in this group and both put their undefeated records on the line on Wednesday. Leicestershire have only played one match but they won it and they host Nottinghamshire looking for a second win. Worcestershire are the other side yet to lose and they head to Headingley to take on Yorkshire. The other two matches sees Derbyshire playing host to Durham and arguably the pick of the lot when Northamptonshire welcome Lancashire to Wantage Road.
This is the group where the TV match comes from. It is the only late start of the day when Glamorgan play host to Middlesex with both sides looking to make up for poor starts to the competition. There are two teams with 100% records in this group and they are both in action elsewhere. Hampshire are one of them and they take on an Essex side with a win and a defeat while Gloucestershire, the other undefeated side, head to The Oval to take on Surrey in a repeat of the 2015 final.
TV Match Betting
If I was forced to bet on the outcome down in Cardiff I would probably choose Middlesex but I think this is a match for the side markets where I like a player performance in particular. That is for Colin Ingram where even at 46.5 I think his line is far too low. In his last two 50 over outings against Middlesex he has taken four wickets and bashed 53 with the bat and picked up three wickets and scored 85 with the bat. He goes into this one off the back of a typically brutal 85 against Somerset. He’ll field around the bat as captain too so he has three genuine ways of scoring and could cover this with all three. However he does it I think he will cover it.
I’ll also have a little dabble on Ravi Patel to be the top Middlesex bowler. Patel was out in the Caribbean as part of the North vs South series prior to the county season beginning and he bowled well out there. He opened up this competition with three wickets against Kent and the Cardiff track usually helps the spinners a little. I think 9/2 is slightly overpriced especially if the pitch does nothing for the seamers.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the day away from the TV although I could easily make a case for Essex and Gloucestershire. Ultimately I don’t want my money on a side opening with Adam Wheater and Jason Roy’s return for Surrey is just enough to put me off Gloucestershire.
I’ll still take two though with the first one coming from Wantage Road where I like Northamptonshire at odds against to see off Lancashire. Lancashire have a defeat and a win to their name in the competition just like Northants do with Lancashire losing to Nottinghamshire and spanking Durham. Northants lost to Leicestershire but then beat Nottinghamshire. I didn’t think Lancashire were that impressive against Notts and in truth there is no point in judging them on their win over Durham as they look rancid. I think Lancashire’s middle order looks a little light and if Northants can get through the Lanky openers early they could have plenty of joy. There isn’t a lot between these two but Northants bat very deep. They could just be the difference.
Worcestershire have beaten Yorkshire for the last two years and I see no reason why they can’t make it three in a row. I haven’t been all that impressed by Yorkshire in this competition either and if Tom Kohler-Cadmore doesn’t go big you wonder who will for them. Worcestershire are an improving one day unit who bat very deep and who have a number of options with the ball who can get the job done as we saw last time out. It would be more advantageous were Moeen Ali allowed to play but even without him I fancy Worcestershire here.
WON – Back C.Ingram’s Performance – Over 46.5pts for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Bet365
WON – Back R.Patel Top Middlesex Bowler for a 2/10 stake at 5.50 with William Hill
WON – Back Northamptonshire to beat Lancashire for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with BetVictor
WON – Back Worcestershire to beat Yorkshire for a 4/10 stake at 2.38 with Ladbrokes