Twenty20 Cup Quarter-finals
This week sees the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup, and places at finals day at Edgbaston on August 15th are up for grabs!
William Hill have all the betting, and Rob Dixon gives his betting tips for the four games.
KENT v DURHAM - Monday 17:40
Two of last year's final day teams clash at Canterbury. Kent are priced at 4/6 in the betting to win this game but my beloved Durham (11/10) come into the game in great form having won their last three games to qualify out of their group as well as leading the County Championship.
This is a tough assignment for the north easterners though as Kent have been a consistently effective Twenty20 unit under the astute leadership of Rob Key.
Durham are likely to be without Steve Harmison and Graham Onions and with that, Kent are the selection. Bet Now
SUSSEX v WARWICKSHIRE - Monday 19.30
The big games come thick and fast for Sussex (4/6) after their Friends Provident Trophy final defeat on Saturday.
They won't take Warwickshire (11/10) lightly though especially as the visitors big incentive to get to finals day at their home ground. However, I believe the home side have enough quality to get through this game under the lights at Hove. Bet Now
LANCASHIRE v SOMERSET - Tuesday 17.40
The game of the round and I believe the best two sides in the competition meet in the third quarter-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
I tipped up Somerset at 12/1 in this blog at the start of the event and this is the draw they wanted to avoid. However Lancashire (4/6) will be without Andrew Flintoff and Somerset can be the value selection here at 11/10.
Hopefully Marcus Trescothick and Australia's highest first-class runscorer Justin Langer can prosper against a weakened Lancashire attack. Bet Now
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE v HAMPSHIRE - Wednesday 17.40
The surprise package in the tournament this year has been Northamptonshire who performed brilliantly in the early stages to win their group.
They will have a partisan support at Wantage Road against Hampshire. This is the most difficult game to call of the group stages and both sides are 5/6 each. The game could be decided by the performances of Northants' three South African players who have contributed massively to them qualifying for this game.
If they fire, then Northants could make their first appearance at finals day. Bet Now
So a busy week of cricket is on the cards and just when you think you can draw breath after these games, the 3rd Ashes Test starts at 11.00am Thursday morning. It is simply cricket heaven!!