It is a big night in the Vitality Blast on Friday when a full fixture list in both groups take place up and down the country. The end of the group stage is getting ever closer so there will be plenty of nerves, tension and competitive action around on Friday.
Despite the Test match being on there is a TV game too which comes from the South Group while as we’ve seen throughout the competition all the other matches can be kept up to date on in a wide number of ways.
The leaders Worcestershire Rapids have a tricky test away to the Leicestershire Foxes in one of the big matches of the evening but the biggest game could well come from Old Trafford where the Lancashire Lightning take on the Birmingham Bears with quarter final spots very much up for grabs. Durham look to be safe in the race for the top four but can go some way to securing a home quarter final if they can beat the Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road. Nottinghamshire Outlaws host the Yorkshire Vikings in another match with quarter final implications in the other game in the group.
The leaders Somerset get the action underway on Friday when they play host to Surrey in the early match while the three later starts all contain big implications. In the TV match Glamorgan will look to strengthen their quarter final prospects when they host a Hampshire side who were awful to start with in this competition and who have only got worse since then. Were Somerset to slip up then Gloucestershire can go top of the pile if they can beat Essex at Chelmsford while the Kent Spitfires will look to maintain their place in the top four when they head to Hove to face a Sussex side who need to win to keep their own knockout hopes alive.
Unfortunately there is a band of rain going across the country on Friday and that means we are going to have to dodge a few showers and things. With that in mind I’m going to keep things relatively simple and just bet on the TV game where the forecast is fine.
It is hard to ignore the rotten form of Hampshire at the minute and with that in mind Glamorgan look like good things in the TV game. It isn’t always the case that a side who has to win does win but Hampshire looked disinterested at times when we saw them on TV earlier in the week and totally clueless with the bat. Glamorgan are in a nice groove at the minute. They are bowling well and even without some big players they are batting well. Hampshire need to do something different but that is not their style. I expect their campaign to fizzle right out with Glamorgan helping with that by winning here.
Liam Dawson has been the one bright spot for Hampshire in this tournament and although he failed me miserably two nights ago I see no reason why I shouldn’t stick with him to be the top Hampshire batsman. He is their leading run scorer in the competition which probably highlights one of their main issues and he tends to go well on slower decks like this one. Hampshire were 32-7 in the reverse meeting between these two and if anything like that calamity happens again Dawson might not have much to beat. He’s worth a go once again.
WON – Back Glamorgan to beat Hampshire for a 5/10 stake at 1.73 with BetVictor
Back L.Dawson Top Hampshire Batsman for a 1/10 stake at 10.00 with William Hill