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Rob Dixon 11th Aug 2009 - 16:13

Twenty20 Cup finals day

Saturday sees the biggest day in the domestic cricket calendar as four teams battle it out to be crowned England's 2009 Twenty20 Cup winners. As William Hill's cricket odds compiler, I'm going to preview both semi-finals and give you the lowdown on who I think is going to be lifting silverware over the weekend.

Northamptonshire v Sussex

Friends Provident Trophy winners Sussex (4/6) will be looking to secure a cup double in the opening semi final against this year's surprise package Northamptonshire (11/10).

On paper the Sussex batting line up looks strong; with England's Matt Prior (9/2 to top score for Sussex) being added to a team that already includes Murray Goodwin (7/2), Luke Wright (7/2) and Ed Joyce (5/1).

I've been impressed with Sussex every time I've seen them this year and they look a good useful unit, they don't have the big star names but do gel together well.

Northamptonshire will be appearing at their first ever finals day and will be relying heavily on the experience of Ian Harvey (3/1 to top score for Northants) to guide them through this big occasion.

They have some useful players in Andrew Hall (7/1) and Nicky Boje (11/2) as well as some good promising youngsters, however I give Sussex the nod here based on their big game performances recently.

Kent v Somerset

A battle of the Twenty20 heavyweights here as Kent (8/11), last year's beaten finalists play Somerset (evens).

Somerset were tipped up by me on these pages at the start of the tournament and there seems no reason to desert them yet; they have explosive batting from Marcus Trescothick (3/1 to top score for Somerset) and Craig Kieswetter (4/1) at the top of the order as well as useful contributions with bat and ball from Peter Trego (7/1) and Alfonso Thomas (40/1).

They are also well led by Justin Langer (9/2) in the field who seems to keep his head when the ball is flying around.

Kent though were brutal in their demolition of Durham in the quarters and boast an impressive line-up of their own.

Their star performer of the Durham game was left arm fast bowler Wayne Parnell and his opening burst against Marcus Trescothick could be worth the entrance money alone.

Kent are far from being a one man team though, and the likes of Rob Key (7/2 to top score for Kent) and Joe Denly (7/2) will want to remind the England selectors of their ability with the ODI series just around the corner. Martin van Jaarsveld (7/2), fresh from signing a new long term contract, is also a class act with the bat.

Bad weather is forecast for Saturday and a reserve day might be needed.

Somerset have already won a game this year through an indoor bowl-out - surely lightning couldn't strike twice... or could it?

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