It is quarter final day in the Royal London One Day Cup on Friday as four sides look to book their spots in the semi-finals on Sunday as the 50 over competition heads towards a conclusion ahead of the World Cup later in the month.
We have one of the two matches live on TV in the UK while there are many ways of keeping up to date with the other game. I’m sure the TV coverage will have regular updates on how that match is getting on. The TV game is later starting than the other one so we’ll start away from the cameras.
Worcestershire vs Somerset
Second placed in the North Group, Worcestershire, host third in the South Group in Somerset at New Road with the winners progressing to the semi-final where they will head to Trent Bridge to take on Nottinghamshire on Sunday.
Worcestershire go into this knockout match having made the last two semi-finals and with three wins on the spin to conclude the group match they are a team in form. They have scored heavily throughout the campaign and the longer the tournament has gone on the better their bowling has been so they are trending in the right direction to use modern parlance.
Somerset ended a costly run of three matches without a win when they beat Surrey in their final group game to secure their spot in this quarter final but there wasn’t a whole lot that was convincing about that win so if they are going to progress to the semi-final then they will need a real improvement, especially as two of their initial four wins were rain assisted and another was against a woeful Kent side.
Worcestershire have been much the better of the two teams in my opinion this season. They are much better than Somerset with the bat and they probably edge it with the ball too. Throw in home conditions suiting them and there is plenty to like about the home side. They’ve got my money.
Middlesex vs Lancashire
The second quarter final is the televised one and it sees the team who finished runner up in the South Group, Middlesex, taking on the third placed side in the North Group in Lancashire at Lord’s in a big game for both sides.
Both these counties have the structure and the size to be fighting for honours regularly so both will be eager to win here. Middlesex only lost to Hampshire and Sussex in their group and have been piling on the runs in recent times while Lancashire had a harder time of it in the North Group although they were competitive in most of their matches.
I fancy experience could be key here. While Middlesex have been excellent this season, which isn’t a surprise to me, as I tipped them to win the South Group but they came up a win short, they haven’t been in any one day knockout matches for an awful long time. Lancashire have been whether in this competition or the 20 over version and that experience could be vital. The Red Rose side have a very good attack and with Liam Livingstone back to bolster the batting they are the pick to come through here.
Back Worcestershire to beat Somerset for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with 888sport
WON – Back Lancashire to beat Middlesex for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Betfred
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