The Cricket World Cup isn’t the only action taking place in England at the minute as another five matches in the Specsavers County Championship get underway up and down the country on a relatively busy Monday.
The latest round of fixtures began on Sunday and continue on Monday and there are some decent sides on show so we should get some good action, although it has to be said the weather is not looking like it is going to play ball sadly.
There are only two matches left to kick off in the top flight on Monday but they see the leaders Somerset in action. They will look to continue their amazing start to the domestic campaign when they go to Canterbury to face Kent. The other match is a right heavyweight showdown which sees Yorkshire heading to Guildford to take on the defending champions Surrey, who haven’t begun their title defence as strongly as they would have wanted.
There is a huge clash in the second division this week as Worcestershire take on Lancashire in a battle of two sides who will be eyeing up a return to Division One come the end of the season. Middlesex slipped up against Sussex last week and know they can’t afford to drop another game when they go to Grace Road to take on Leicestershire on Monday. The other match sees Durham looking to build on their fine win last week when they host Northamptonshire who begin life after Alex Wakely in this match.
There were a couple of matches on this card which very much interested me from a betting point of view but sadly there is a jet stream going through the UK this week and there is just not going to be enough play for my liking here. What play there is will be a lottery in the damp and heavy conditions so with us not even halfway through the campaign there is no need to risk anything.
There is so much money to be made on the county season when the good weather comes that there is no need to waste time and tie up money for four days when the weather speaks for itself. When showers are forecast I occasionally risk it in the hope that the forecast is wrong but when flood warnings are in place it is pretty obvious the UK is going to get a soaking so there are no bets for me this week.