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Friday TV preview: 5pts Essex Most 6s vs Middlesex 10/11 Paddy Power Essex were taken apart by Steven Finn and James Franklin in the reverse fixture last week but neither are in the Middlesex squad for this match so I’m expecting Essex to be much more dominant and with the hitters they have in their ranks they look a perfectly good bet to hit the most sixes to be. Literally 1-8 go big for Essex. Middlesex’s batting runs out quite high up so this should be a safe one. Full preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/essex-vs-middlesex-betting-essex-look-to-secure-grip-on-quarter-final-spot

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Friday- Northants 1.73 to beat Yorkshire. We have seen recently that Yorkshire have given up on this competition and rested players in preparation for Championship games. The same applies today with Andrew Gale [capt] and Tim Bresnan both rested and replaced by 2 more academy players. Aussie Aaron Finch is also missing. This is a huge game for Northants who could possibly qualify tonight with a victory .They have been well rested and had all week to prepare for what is a vital fixture .they have an unbeaten record stretching back some 8 matches in T20 and against an unmotivated opposition blooding players for the future represent maximum bet material in my eyes. 10 PTS WIN 1.73 paddy Power.

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Wednesday TV preview: 4pts Birmingham vs Northants - Over 10.5 sixes 8/11 Coral With that in mind I’m going to leave the match betting alone and focus on the sixes where the 10.5 line looks very low. As I said there is a Test match here next Thursday so they will be playing away from that wicket which should lead to a short boundary on one side of the ground. There are a number of hitters on show here and that should see us past 10.5 in the six hitting stakes. Full preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/birmingham-vs-northamptonshire-betting-quarter-final-the-focus-for-these-two-sides

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3pts Worcestershire to win the T20 Blast at 7/1 with Stan James The newly re-vamped T20 Blast is a format which should suit the young players who lie throughout the Worcestershire eleven, not least Joe Leach who recently took a hat trick with the first three balls of a one day game. There is also the somewhat unusual action of Jack Shantry who baffles many with his successful career, and the recently signed Joe Clarke. Their Ashes star bowler/batsman/who knows Moeen Ali is back in the side for their quarter final where he will likely be allowed to do what he does best and bat at the top of the order, dominated and show his class with the willow. In fact, with Ali back in domestic action and some younger players beginning to put their hands up, the Rapids seem like a good price to win the competition. You can read a full preview of the upcoming T20 action here: https://www.punterslounge.com/t20-blast-an-outright-prediction-and-value-for-thursday-s-game

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5pts Kent to beat Lancs at 4/5 with Coral The Spitfires have a strong post-Key formula in the shortest format of the game, with the side pretty much picking itself, although both Matt Hunn and Ivan Thomas will be hoping they have done enough in recent weeks to force their way into the starting eleven. Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond will once again open the innings with captain Sam Northeast, Darren Stevens and Sam Billings joined in the middle order by the explosive Alex Blake who has been in red hot of late. Both James Tredwell and Fabian Cowdrey are expected to give Northeast some spin options, whilst Matt Coles and Mitch Claydon will give the experience needed to complete the seam attack alongside either Hunn or Thomas.

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2pts Northants to win the T20 Blast at 4/1 with Ladbrokes Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely has already said how much he his looking forward to experiencing the 'biggest day in English domestic cricket' for a second time and with talent like Ben Duckett and Josh Cobb they are underdogs with a real bark. They face Warwickshire first up and Varun Chopra’s side aren’t to be meddled with, although they will be without Brendon McCullum. Aside from Jeetan Patel, they have a bowling attack that fails to match the superlative quality of their batting side. Northants' small squad has been relatively injury-free for most of the season but in a case of very bad timing, it has suddenly been hit with knocks to several of their players. Rob Newton broke a thumb against Leicestershire in the County Championship and will miss out on Saturday while Northants are sweating on the fitness of Steven Crook. The all-rounder has been receiving intensive treatment to his ankle after being stretchered off in the same match and there are also concerns over Adam Rossington, Graeme White and Olly Stone. However, if Crook pulls through they have the T20 expertise to sweep past the Bears. They may well have enough to go on to gain the trophy.

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I'm on Lancashire tomorrow to win and taking Ladbrokes 10/3. The key differential in T20 is to not only being able to bat deep but also have game finishers. In the first game Lancashire have Jos Butler and James Faulkner. Hants have got zip. Get past the top 3 and its start the car. Lancs would then face the winner of Warwickshire v Northants. I do think Northants can get past Warwickshire, they bat deep and do have quality lower down the order. But I just think Lancashire have a little bit more! Fancy both teams to score the most 6's (Lancashire and Northants) in the semis too.

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Big toss to win in an hour. The result could likely depend on it. It is such a shame that the pinnacle of our T20 tournament is being decided in such underwhelming circumstances with low totals. Anyway think on a poor pitch that Lancashire's numerous spin options and game changers lower down the order has them in the box seat. Northants of course have Afridi, and because of his spin attack and batting potential to take a game away I am actually afraid ;)

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