The Royal London One Day Cup continues on Thursday when another three group matches take place across the two groups and as we begin to head towards the hallway mark of the first stage of the competition, each match begins to carry more and more significance.
Once again it is The Hundred which is getting all the TV attention and as such we will be down to the county streams for an interest in these matches but as ever they are almost TV like in quality so that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
There is just the one match in Group A on Thursday where two sides who can’t really afford a defeat having already lost one of their matches meet when Warwickshire play host to Leicestershire at Edgbaston. The match is probably bigger for Warwickshire than it is for their opponents because they have lost two of their three matches whereas Leicestershire have a win and a defeat from their two which isn’t a terrible start to their challenge.
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The other two matches come in Group B where the leaders Durham are among the teams in action. For some reason they play a home match in the not very Durham located Scarborough when they host a Gloucestershire side who can’t really afford another defeat. Essex and Worcestershire have begun their campaigns with a perfect record of two wins from two matches but somebody will lose their unbeaten record on Thursday when the two teams meet at Chelmsford.
My bet on Thursday comes in the sole match in Group A where Warwickshire take on Leicestershire in an important match for both teams, one which I think will be quite high scoring. I’m pretty certain this match will take place on the edge of the square with the Birmingham Phoenix also using this ground and them being at home on Sunday. That means I would imagine the middle of the square will be saved for that and the edges of the square will be used here.
That is generally the area of the Edgbaston pitch which is used for Warwickshire home matches in white ball cricket so I don’t expect anything to change in that regard. Both these teams have been involved in high scoring games this season. 327/7 wasn’t enough for Leicestershire in their last game while Birmingham conceded 323 here to Nottinghamshire earlier in the competition but walloped 207-2 in 37 overs in their last match. The runs line for this one is 512.5 runs but I fancy the total to be a good deal more than that.
Back Warwickshire vs Leicestershire – Over 512.5 runs for a 3/10 stake at 1.83 with Bet365