T20 Blast Betting: Hurt the bookies with Northants and Glamorgan

Finch blasting at bat for Surrey and your cricket betting picks

Saturday, July 8, 2017 7:27 PM GMT

The great thing about Twenty20 cricket is that anything can happen. And it usually does. The format has been a gift from the Gods for cricket punters because it finally (wonderfully) provided bettors with value after a dearth for years and yonks and eons.

It is perfect because it plays on the psyche of the mug punter so beautifully. He or she looks at the big blockbuster names in one team and then bets on them heavily into short odds just because he or she has heard of, say, Kevin Pietersen or Brendon McCullum.

For those who are interested in the more important skills like field placings, death bowling, lower-order hitters, team ethic and work rate then a lot of money can be made.

You have probably heard of Pietersen and McCullum, right? They are blokes with big bats who hit the ball a long way. They were stratospheric stars for their respective international teams, England and New Zealand. And they could destroy a bowling attack.

Hence they have been two of the most highly-paid and sought-after T20 players in franchise cricket around the world. But how many titles do you think they have won their franchise teams. Zip. Yup, that’s right. None at all.

KP plays for Surrey this year in England’s T20 Blast and McCullum Middlesex. Surrey is +650 favourites on the betting odds boards with Coral for glory. No thanks. Middlesex are much bigger at +1400 but their obsession with batsmen has meant they forgot to acquire some solid bowlers.

Other teams who have attracted the mugs just because they have big players and big reputations include Nottinghamshire at +700 and Yorkshire at +800 at top sportsbooks, just behind Surrey. These are terrible prices. There is precious little evidence that either are a coming force in this competition.

Instead, we like to stick with tried and trusted teams. For example, Northamptonshire. Now Northants have some very fine players. It’s just that they won’t be advertising shampoo or motorbikes anytime soon.

They have made three of the last four finals days and are the defending champions. So where do you think this powerful and consistent team are in the betting? Probably just behind Yorkshire as fourth favourites? Nope. Fifth, Sixth? Keep going. Seventh or Eight, surely? No, no.

Northants are the THIRTEENTH jollies for success at a whopping +1600. They are still worth following at +1000. That is a terrific bet for your sports picks and we urge you to take it as they will surely give us a great run for money and perform like third- or fourth-favouites that they should be.

Another big-priced team is Glamorgan. They are unfashionable, too. And they don’t have big names. But they are really street smart and get the most from their batch of players. They are +2500 with Coral and it’s another corker.

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