BigMozzyDog Posted April 5, 2016 Share Posted April 5, 2016 Surrey to win the championship at 10/1 with Ladbrokes Ian Bell to be top Warwickshire batter at 5/2 BetVictor Chris Read to be top Notts batsman at 14/1 BetVictor After the pulsating, edge-of-seat cricket we enjoyed at the T20 World Cup, it’s time to take a step back into the more sedate, and certainly quieter, world of county cricket. First up, we take a look at Division One. Since Dizzy Gillespie arrived at Yorkshire the good times have returned to Headingley, with back to back titles already in the bag. We’re taking a look at three teams who’ll be intent on stopping them, and predicting a few of the stand-out performers. Nottinghamshire The Trent Bridge side haven’t won since 2010, when they had Andre Adams to fire them to the title with 68 wickets. Since then they have flattered to deceive, with a third place finish last year and a few mid table results along the way. Much of their success has been built on the performance of their seam attack over the years. These days they are of the younger variety, with Stuart Broad having his time taken up with England duty, and Adams retiring due to injury. Instead they have Harry Gurney, Jake Ball and Brett Hutton. It’s an exciting time for the Outlaws. In the batting department, they made the call to sign the legendary Zimbabwean opener, Brendon Taylor. Obviously we are big fans of this guy. When he arrived he announced his arrival with a series of high scores, including three tons. Only a poor final few games denied him 1,000 runs. He finished 50 short, but was top runscorer for his side. Chris Read, Alex Hales and James Taylor contributed a further eight centuries between them, but with the latter two likely to miss much of the season on England duty, much of the scoring responsibility will fall to Read, Samit Patel and Brendon Taylor. You can back Chris Read to be their top batsman at 14/1 with BetVictor. At that price, he is too good to miss having managed 873 last year. He won’t need too much more than that this time. Warwickshire The winners in 2012 and runners up for the last two seasons will be led for the first time by Ian Bell. The former England man will be desperate to regain his place in the test team, after being prematurely ditched. They’re a side that won’t lose too many players to international duty, and have a strong batting line-up. They will open with Ian Westwood and Varun Chopra, and both can contribute regularly. Their middle order is steady too, with Laurie Evans beginning to bloom, and Ian Bell, who scored one ton in his three knocks last year. With the ball, they will welcome back Jeetan Patel as their overseas. The Kiwi returned 58 wickets last year, and brings big game nouse to Edgbaston. He also contributes down the order. Elsewhere, they may have plenty of Chris Woakes time thanks to the form of Steven Finn for England, too. There seems to be one stand out bet. Ian Bell is a run machine in the domestic game and will do well again this year. You can back Ian Bell to be top Warwickshire batter at 5/2 with BetVictor. Surrey After promotion to the top flight, Surrey have added some experience to their exciting young side. In Kumar Sangakkara, they have a legend of the game, who scored five tons last year. They may miss the triple century contribution of a certain KP, who has ruled himself out of playing. Elsewhere, their side looks like who’s who of talented players. Their bowling has been boosted with the arrival of Mark Footitt, who is a serious signing and will be rapid at the Oval. Ravi Rampaul is another seasoned performer at the top level and will contribute plenty. Their young pretenders will be looking to step up again this year, especially the Curran brothers. Tom and Sam are formidable players. Sam especially. While tom took 76 wickets, Sam added 22 in just six games. Alongside the experienced Gareth Batty, this is a well balanced attack. The batting is formidable. Their line-up reads Roy, Sangakkara, Davies, Foakes and Wilson. That’s serious. They could rival Yorkshire this year. You can back Surrey to be champions at 10/1 with Ladbrokes. Full preview: http://punts.pl/ChampOutright TheBeast 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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