The group stage of the Vitality Blast concludes on Sunday with what was due to be a full set of matches although one has been knocked off the schedule after the Covid issues Derbyshire have suffered. There are three remaining quarter final spots up for grabs so there is plenty to play for.
Although the international T20 is on TV on Sunday afternoon, the start times have been pushed back for a few matches so we do have a TV game to enjoy. The others are all on the county streams as they have been throughout the competition.
We already know that Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire are into the knockout stages in the North Group and on Sunday the fourth spot will be filled by either Worcestershire or the Birmingham Bears. Worcestershire are in control of their own destiny. If they win at Leicestershire they will be the fourth team through. If they slip up then the Bears will qualify if they can overcome Northamptonshire at Edgbaston. The Birmingham match kicks off earlier in the day so Worcestershire will know what they need. The other match in the group sees Nottinghamshire hosting Durham at Trent Bridge.
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Kent have already sewn up top spot in the South Group and Somerset have qualified for the quarter finals and it is two from four for the other two quarter final places. Sussex are the team with their destiny in their own hands. If they win at Kent they are through but defeat leaves them vulnerable. Surrey are the team who can’t do any more as they don’t play so if Gloucestershire can beat Somerset they are definitely in the quarter finals. They are out if they don’t win that match. That is the TV game and Hampshire will have all eyes on that match. Before it starts though they need to do a good job on Glamorgan and then hope Somerset beat Gloucestershire. The match which doesn’t have anything on it comes from Chelmsford where Essex host Middlesex.
I’ll go with one over the course of Sunday afternoon. I’ll leave the TV match alone because I’m already on Gloucestershire outright so I need them to win that match to keep them in the competition so that is all the interest I need in that one. There is a match elsewhere which stands out from a betting point of view though and that is the one at Grace Road where Leicestershire take on Worcestershire for whom this could be a huge match.
If Birmingham Bears have won earlier in the day then Worcestershire will need to win this match which will pile the pressure on them. They looked a little subdued in their defeat to the Bears on Friday and will need to free up a little here. Leicestershire can play free. They have nothing to lose in this match as they are already out but they don’t lose as many as most to The Hundred so they might be targeting a run in the Royal London One Day Cup. They will want to carry some form into that so a win here would be nice. If Birmingham have lost earlier in the day then Worcestershire aren’t playing for anything so either way I think Leicestershire are overpriced here. Worcestershire did beat Leicestershire earlier in the season but Riki Wessels got them off to a flier and he isn’t available here. There is a chance that in his absence they get stuck at the top of the order so there is enough reason to side with Leicestershire here.
Back Leicestershire to beat Worcestershire for a 3/10 stake at 2.40 with Betfred