We have another day of action in the Metro Bank One Day Cup on Thursday as four more matches take place in the competition and as we head towards the closing stages of the group phase of the event it feels like a potentially pivotal day.
Once again it is The Hundred which will be getting all of the TV attention on Thursday so if you do have a bet on any of the matches in the One Day Cup and want to watch its progress you need the county streams again.
This is the group where the majority of the attention comes along on Thursday with three of the four matches taking place in this section. The leaders Leicestershire don’t play on Thursday so the chasing pack have the chance to close the gap on them. Hampshire are the nearest challengers to the Foxes and they can go level with them at the top of the table should they win when they face Yorkshire at York. The defending champions Kent have made their way up to third in the table and they will look to remain in that spot when they host a Nottinghamshire side who know their campaign officially ends if they lose that match. The other game in the group would usually be billed as the big one as Surrey host Lancashire at Guildford.
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There is only one match in Group B on Thursday so there is a chance for a couple of sides to rapidly improve their position in the table. Durham are in fifth spot but if they can come away from their clash with Somerset with a win they will move up to fourth and be within a point of the qualification zone. The home side have lost Graham Clark to The Hundred though. Somerset know all about losing players to The Hundred and they have already been eliminated from this tournament so they can play with a bit of freedom now.
Lancashire are the team that I like on Thursday. They head to Guildford to face a Surrey side who really are down to the bare bones to coin a phrase. They have named their last 11 fit players for the contest with Lancashire and while there is still the makings of a half-decent team in there, were they to pick up another injury there just simply isn’t anyone to come along and help out. The latest injuries have been to Ben Foakes, who is their leading run scorer in the competition this season, and Jordan Clark, who balances out the side. They do get Tom Lawes back from The Hundred for the match but there are still a few youngsters in this team.
Lancashire aren’t at their strongest by any means either but they have got a settled side for the competition and have probably played the better cricket of these two teams. Their win over Kent was a good one and they were unlucky not to pick up another win when they faced Essex when they were in control when the rain came. Their only defeats have been to Leicestershire and Hampshire who are the top two in the group. Lancashire have a team who are all contributing and the odds against on them looks good to me.
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