CRICKET BETTING: Live on Skysports 1: Sat from 12.30: Cricket’s T20 competition comes to a head at the Rose Bowl as 4 teams fight it out to be England’s best. Can outsiders Hampshire profit on home turf?
Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Essex and Hampshire all head to the Rose Bowl (home of Hampshire) on Saturday to contest Finals Day in the Friends Provident T20 competition.
The Nottinghamshire Outlaws head into the weekend as 9/4 favs with Bet365, powered on by bowling trio Dirk Nannes, Ryan Sidebottom and Darren Pattinson. The Outlaws recorded 10 victories during the group stages and lost only 4 times, the equal lowest in the competition with Warwickshire, who lost out to Hampshire in the playoff.
Nottinghamshire must face the Somerset Sabres in the 2nd semi final of the day in a match that Blue Square simply can’t separate; 1/1 about both teams. Somerset, who topped the South Group, roll in as close 2nd favs, 12/5 at Betdaq in the outrights which makes this the choice tie. The overall winner will surely emerge from this semi final but Nottinghamshire’s attack can keep Somerset pegged down and let the Outlaws progress to the evening’s final.
In the opening semi final, the Hampshire Royals will play the Essex Eagles, both teams emerging from the South Group. Hampshire (4/1 outright, Stan James) are 11/10 at 888sport to beat Essex and after a good showing in the quarter finals, can progress to contest the final. Warwickshire, who topped the North Group, were expected to be involved at the Rose Bowl Finals Day but Hampshire recorded a somewhat suprise victory to clinch a semi’s berth. Hampshire will miss Michael Lumb, who must sit out with injury, and are sweating over Cork but the home advantage they have been gifted should be a boost.
Essex, 10/3 with Skybet to win outright, are 10/11 (Betfred) to beat Hampshire and can welcome back Danish Kaneira to their attack but at the same time lose Maurice Chambers to injury. Essex’s attack is key to victory and, if firing, can propel them to victory but they will have to work hard to overcome a buoyant Hampshire camp.