We are moving deep into the second half of the Vitality Blast group stage over the next week and that continues with a strong looking set of fixtures on a busy Sunday afternoon in the English domestic competition.
It is a rare Sunday afternoon where there is a televised match for us to enjoy and as always many of the other games have live streaming options. Those that don’t have full radio commentaries and social media updates.
The bulk of the action comes from the North Group on Sunday and it is where the televised action comes from Worcester as the defending champions Worcestershire look to enhance their quarter final credentials when they take on a Northamptonshire side who need to win to stay relevant in the top four chase. The leaders Lancashire look to maintain their unbeaten record when they travel to Edgbaston to take on the Birmingham Bears while bottom of the lot Derbyshire travel to Headingley to face a Yorkshire team who are in the top four mix despite winning only one match so far. Fourth placed Durham welcome second placed Nottinghamshire in the other game.
The top three are not in action in the South Group on Sunday so there is a chance for the sides in fourth and fifth to make a significant move when Middlesex take on Gloucestershire in an important match for both teams at Radlett. The other match sees the bottom two meeting at Cardiff where Glamorgan and Surrey are drinking in the last chance saloon having picked up just one win in 16 matches in the competition between them thus far.
TV Match Betting
I’ll go with a couple of bets in the TV match on Sunday. The first of them is for under 39.5 boundaries to be hit in the match. We occasionally see high scores on this ground but I’m not so sure either batting line up is firing as much as I would like them to be in order to trust them here. Worcestershire are either brilliant or pathetic and although Moeen Ali being back is a boost to their chances what he brings with the bat he tightens up with the ball. Both these bowling attacks are canny, especially in the middle overs when the boundaries can dry up. The outfield might be a bit slow after the weekend rain and the pitch could have a little in it. I’m not convinced we average a boundary an over here.
Dwaine Pretorius probably hasn’t had the impact he would have liked in a Northamptonshire shirt just yet but in his last two matches he has scored 30 odd with the bat and taken three wickets with the ball so his confidence could be coming back and I wonder if that better feeling will make him go well here. If he does then the 14/1 on him top scoring is worth a second look. He is a decent enough batsman at this level and it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility for the likes of Parnell, Pennington and Brown to keep the top order quiet. In a match the Steelbacks have to win, it might serve to take their experienced overseas player to deliver with the bat.
I like just one other bet over the course of the day with it coming in the match at Radlett where Middlesex take on Gloucestershire. The run line for this match is up at 345.5 but that looks a little bit on the high side to me I have to say. I accept that this is a club ground and a relatively small one at that but I think both these bowling attacks are equipped to perform well on this type of pitch.
These two sides have already met on a club ground this season when 148/9 played 151/8 to emphasise what I was saying about these attacks being suited to tackier wickets. I have to think this run line is set because Middlesex have been walloping sides around the country but AB de Villiers has left now which hugely reduces their power. Middlesex have made 200 three times this season. Twice have been against a useless Surrey side and the other saw AB make 88 from 35 balls. In normal circumstances they will fall well short of that number. Gloucestershire have only passed 170 twice in the competition. This line is too high.
VOID – Back Worcestershire vs Northamptonshire – Under 39.5 boundaries for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with William Hill
Back it here:
VOID – Back D.Pretorius Top Northamptonshire Batsman for a 1/10 stake at 15.00 with BetVictor
WON – Back Middlesex vs Gloucestershire – Under 345.5 runs for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Bet365