With the group stages of the Vitality Blast behind us it is time to focus on the conclusion of the Specsavers County Championship for the remainder of the summer, quarter finals and finals day in the Blast aside.
The Championship run in begins on Sunday with a full set of matches across both divisions with those looking for the respective titles eager to continue their challenge for them while those looking to avoid relegation will need a win too.
Surrey have a commanding lead at the top of the table with six matches left of the campaign and they play host to Lancashire in the one day-night match of this round at The Oval. Second placed Somerset will be looking to take advantage of any slip ups from Surrey when they host the defending champions Essex at The Oval. Bottom of the pile Worcestershire head to Scarborough to take on Yorkshire while Hampshire will look to launch another great escape when they entertain third placed Nottinghamshire.
The leaders Warwickshire know they can focus purely on winning the title now and they will want to go a step closer to achieving that aim when they entertain Gloucestershire at Edgbaston. Second placed Sussex will look to keep close when they host Derbyshire while third placed Kent will want to do likewise when they head to Leicestershire. Middlesex will be looking to finish the campaign strongly when they travel to Northamptonshire while the other match sees Durham making the long journey to Cardiff to take on Glamorgan.
I don’t think this is a week to go too mad given that most sides haven’t had much time to get used to red ball cricket and practice it. With that in mind I’ll take just the one bet which comes in Division Two at Cardiff.
Durham have found some real form in the T20 and often we see good form in that competition carried over to this one. Hampshire for example have launched a number of great escapes off the back of building some confidence in the shortest format and I fancy Durham will finish the campaign well. They have strengthened with Alex Lees joining from Yorkshire and Axar Patel arriving from India. Glamorgan have no overseas player here and have quite a few youngsters in their squad. They may well be reeling from a poor and costly final week of the T20 and so I fancy Durham to come out on top here.
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