After a busy weekend Tuesday and Wednesday see midweek group stage matches. All prices quoted are from Bet365
Durham v Notts 6.30pm
It has been difficult for Durham in this competition this season, starting a competitive group with a points deduction imposed by the ECB and without the budget for overseas players they have had little prospect of reaching the knockout stages and results have reflected that. Durham lost their most recent two games and weren’t that competitive in either game against Leicestershire and Lancashire
They face another tough prospect here against a high scoring Notts team who scored 227 in beating Derbyshire last Friday and were on course to chase down 190 to beat Northants when weather intervened on Saturday
It is no wonder then to see prices of Durham 13/8 and Notts 4/6 here and it is very difficult to see beyond an away win.
Leics v Warwickshire 6.30pm
Leicestershire are firmly in the top four of their group with 4 wins from 5 games though they were slightly unfortunate in their latest game, two runs below target on 107-3 chasing 165 against Northants when the match was abandoned and a loss was recorded
Warwickshire are outside the top four having won 3 and lost 3 of their six games and that inconsistency has been on show over the weekend. First they fell 30 runs short of chasing 179 against Yorkshire and then two days later scored 197 and beat Derbyshire.
This should be a very tight game, and prices reflect that Leicestershire Evens, Warwickshire 10/11. At home, in better form and probably under-rated Leicestershire at evens is the percentage bet here
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan 6.30pm
Two of the surprise packages in the South group meet in Bristol. Gloucestershire, resolutely unfashionable and without many stars, have three wins and a no result from their five games. The no result came in the bad weather over the weekend in what was to be their latest scheduled game
Glamorgan have two wins and no less than three no results in their six games, including both of their last two games. They have a match-winner in Colin Ingram at the top of the order and otherwise are a side who might be flattered by their current top four position.
Bearing in mind that the weather forecast indicates trouble here too, so variance could be higher than even is normalin this short format, prices of 19/20 Gloucesteshire and evens Glamorgan would point towards supporting Gloucestershire to me here
Derbyshire v Lancashire 7pm
Derbyshire have three wins from their six games and a promising start has stalled a little with defeats in their last two games. In these games they conceded 227 then 197 and the odds are if you do that, you are losing T20 games
They face another explosive high powered batting line up here led by Jos Buttler. Lancashire are second in the the group with 4 wins out of 6 games with two wins and a no result in their last three games
Derbyshire are home underdogs here, 11/10, with Lancashire 8/11. Looking at form with bat and ball Lancashire have to be justified favourites for our sports picks.
Somerset v Hampshire 5pm
Somerset have won three out of their six games and have recovered from a slow start to the competition with home and away wins against Middlesex, and a no result in between. In their latest win, at high scoring Taunton they chased down 165 with more than four overs to spare. On their day they are a very dangerous side but consistency is the problem
Hampshire started the competition well with three wins in their first three games before losing to Essex and SUssex and then a no result at home to Surrey on Sunday
They are even money underdogs here (Somerset 4/5 on the betting odds boards) and in what should be a closely matched encounter Hampshire are marginal value.
Notts v Worcestershire 6.30pm
Writing ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Durham, Notts are in form especially with the bat. What can be said about Worcestershire, who have lost four of five games and had a no result in the other?
On Sunday their power hitter Ross Whitely hit six sixes in an over yet the damage had already been done as they were chasing 233 scored by Yorkshire, a total any chasing side is highly unlikely to reach
Notts are understandably strong favourites, 4/7 with Worcestershire one of the longest prices for a single game so far in the competition at 7/4. No bet at 4/7 the odds price in the mature of the contest.
Yorkshire v Durham 6.30pm
Yorkshire are flexing their muscles. Having started inconsistently they have beaten Warwickshire and Worcestershire comfortably and have climbed to the top of the North group with 4 wins from 6 games. David Willey, batting number three in the latest game hit 118 with eight sixes and as he is normally only a pinch hitter this confirms the strength in depth this Yorkshire team has.
As above, Durham are really struggling, come to this game straight from hosting Notts and it is an unenviable task for the visitors
This game is priced to be even more one sided than Notts/Worcs, at Yorkshire1/3 Durham 5/2. A Yorkshire win is in the price, no bet.