Twenty20 Blast Finals Day Tips and Odds
After a scintillating 5 test series which saw England beat India 4-1, James Anderson become the most prolific fast bowler in test matches and Alistair Cook score a century in his last test, all eyes are now on Edgbaston for Twenty20 Blast finals day. The last day of this year’s domestic Twenty20 cricket takes place on September 15th.. We will see Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire Lightning in the first semi final; it will be followed by Sussex Sharks versus Somerset in the second semi. The day will finish with the winners of both games play each other in a final at 6.45pm. With England stars able to play for their counties again and top quality international players in action, it looks like there could be three exciting, run-drenched games on the cards.
These will be matches that invite some great bets – and depending on what strategy you choose to go with, you could earn some decent spends with such great odds on offer; but who should you back?
Worcestershire v. Lancashire
Worcestershire Rapids’ journey to finals day saw them top the Twenty20 Blast north group with 9 wins and only 4 defeats. In their quarter final game against Gloucestershire, they limited their opponents to 136-8. This was thanks to a four wicket haul by spinning all rounder Brett D’Oliveira. Worcestershire then eased to the target, with Australian batsman Callum Ferguson scoring an unbeaten 64 as the hosts knocked off the target score in 18.4 overs. Ferguson has had a strong Twenty20 competition for Worcestershire this year with 390 runs, including and unbeaten 102*, which is why Bet365 have got him at 7/2 to be the best batsman for Worcestershire.
Moeen Ali is odds on favourite to score the most runs at 5/2 at 888sport; meanwhile, Joe Clarke is also fancied to do well at 3/1 at Ladbrokes. In terms of the bowlers, Worcestershire will rely on their three spinning all rounders in Ali, D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard to slow down scoring in the middle period. However it is young bowler Pat Brown with 27 wickets in the competition this season who is one of the bookies favourite to take the most wickets at 3/1 at William Hill, alongside the experienced South African Warne Parnell at 10/3 at William Hill.
Lancashire’s route to finals day saw them beat Kent in their quarterfinal, thanks in part to an all round economical bowling performance. In their route to the final, which saw them win 8 games, all bowlers shone at various points. But the experienced James Faulkner to be best Lancashire bowler at 7/2 odds at William Hill looks like a good shout, especially with the likelihood of him bowling at the death.
In terms of the batting, Jos Buttler at the top of the order looks like a sensible shout at 5/2 odds at Unibet, especially after a strong performance for England against India. His Lancashire opening batting partner Alex Davies has also had a good competition for Lancashire; he has odds of 7/2 at Unibet to be top batsman for the Lightning. In terms of winning the game, Lancashire are 4/5 to win at William Hill while Worcestershire are 6/5 at Coral.
Pesonally, we reckon it’ll be Lancashire that will be victorious; we would put our money on a Lancashire win – with Coral at 6/5. Also we might take a punt on Jos Buttler to be named Man of the Match with odds of 13/2 at Unibet.
Sussex v. Somerset
Sussex came third in the South group and had a comfortable win in their quarter final against Durham; this match saw batsman Laurie Evans guide the Sharks home with an unbeaten 63. However it is Sussex bowlers who will be much discussed in the build up to the big game. Tymal Mills, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and David Weise have all bowled well in the group games, as well as spinners Rashid Khan, Will Beer and Danny Briggs. Jofra Khan is currently the bookies favourite to be the top bowler at 3/1 at William Hill. However, it could be close as Mills, Archer and Jordan will all want to put in a performance on a big stage.
In terms of the batting, Sussex will be hoping that the experience of Luke Wright at the top of the order will make a score. He’s currently at odds of 3/1 to be the top scoring batsman while Laurie Evans is at 3/1 at Ladbrokes following his good score in the quarter final.
Somerset beat the Nottinghamshire Outlaws in their quarter final game in a high scoring game at Taunton. Five wickets from Jamie Overton contributed to Somerset’s bowling out of Nottinghamshire Outlaws, which meant they won by 19 runs. In the group games, Somerset won 10 of their games, more than any other teams thanks to big totals being scored. All top players contributed to the bat for Somerset, with particularly good performances by New Zealand all rounder Corey Anderson and the experienced Peter Trego.
However, odds on favourite to be top batter is Myburgh at odds of 7/2 at Bet365 with James Hildreth not far behind at 9/2 at Betfred. The big hitting Peter Trego is also a good choice for top batter at odds of 4/1 at 888sport. In terms of the bowlers, either of the Overton brothers look like sensible choices for top bowler. Currently they have odds of 3/1 at Will Hill for Jamie and 4/1 for Craig. The experienced spinner van der Merwe has also had a good competition; he is currently at 9/2 at William Hill to be top bowler. Difficult to call who will win this game with both teams at 10/11 across the board.
This is such a tough game to call – it’s so even that it could go either way. As such, the bet we’d go with is that CJ Anderson will be the player to score the most sixes; as he’s on great form currently. You can get odds for this of 11/2 at Bet365.
Odds for the final game will be announced after we know what two teams will be involved. It could be a late finish at Edgbaston; all teams will go all at to get to – and win the final match.