It is the penultimate night of group matches in the Vitality Blast on Thursday evening with four matches being played across the two groups. With quarter final places remaining in the balance it is another big night of action.
We have one match on the TV on Thursday with plenty of ways to keep up to date with the other games so there should be much to enjoy as the competition heads towards the business stage ahead of the groups concluding on Friday.
There is only the one match in the North Group on Thursday and for Yorkshire it is a huge match. They head to Northamptonshire knowing that if they win they will set up a winner takes all clash with Nottinghamshire for the final spot in the last eight. If they lose they would need to beat Nottinghamshire on Friday and hope Worcestershire beat Birmingham to stay alive in the competition. Northamptonshire have been out of contention for a while.
The TV cameras make their way down to Canterbury for the big clash between Kent and Somerset. Somerset are already into the quarter finals and will host their last eight game with a win here. Kent will secure their spot in the quarter finals should they come out on top. The other two matches sees Gloucestershire looking to push for a home quarter final when they host Sussex who will move into the top four with a win while the other game sees Middlesex and Essex playing out a meaningless match in the overall scheme of things.
I’m going with three bets on Thursday. In the TV match there has been a good sprinkling of rain throughout the day at Canterbury and while the weather is set to move through you would think it will have had an effect on the pitch, the outfield and the atmospheric conditions. Some of the matches at Canterbury have been rain affected this season but the longer the campaign has gone on the lower the scores there have got and as such we are yet to see 40 boundaries in a match. Somerset have a solid bowling attack while Kent can get stuck into a top order so a line of 39.5 could just be a couple too high.
Lewis Gregory top scored with 60 when these two met on this ground in the Royal London One Day Cup earlier in the campaign and he already has scores of 50* and 62 in this tournament so he could be dangerous from down the order when it comes to the top Somerset batsman. If the rain has got some juice into the wicket then it would be no surprise if the likes of Adam Milne and Marcus Stoinis take a couple of early scalps. Gregory showed that night in the RLODC that he can rebuild and we’ve seen he can give it some humpty so at 18/1 I’ll pay to see what he has got for us here.
Elsewhere I think the runs line at Bristol is a little on the high side. In fairness in a competitive match I think 339.5 runs would be high with the quality on show in these two bowling attacks but we’ve seen all week so far that sides have failed to get up for things when they have secured quarter final spots. That might not happen to Gloucestershire here but were Klinger to go early you would fear for them against this bowling attack. Sussex have already made a pigs ear of facing this Gloucestershire attack this season so I’m happy to be on the under on that line.
Back Kent vs Somerset – Under 39.5 boundaries for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with William Hill
Back L.Gregory Top Somerset Batsman for a 1/10 stake at 19.00 with Betfair
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WON – Back Gloucestershire vs Sussex – Under 339.5 runs for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Karamba
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