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T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:47 pm

Feels like the season only started 2 minutes away, but we're already in July and the t20 Blast starts this Wednesday. So to do my usual summary:

DATES

The group games go right through to Friday 17 August (with the QFs a week later). So other than the first two weeks of the competition, England's white-ball only players (Hales, Roy, Rashid, Wood, Willey, Plunkett, Moeen, and no doubt one or two others) will be available. The test players though can pretty much be ignored.

BETTING

Odds as per Skybet

Notts 7/1
Hants 8/1
Surrey 8/1
Sussex 8/1
Yorks 10/1
Birmingham 12/1
Essex 12/1
Middlesex 12/1
Lancs 14/1
Northants 14/1
Glamorgan 16/1
Kent 16/1
Somerset 16/1
Gloucs 20/1
Derby 25/1
Durham 25/1
Leics 33/1
Worcs 33/1

Given that they've just made the one-day final, and have some very good batting power, Kent's odds look quite attractive. And I would suggest that, beyond any doubt, Sussex will have the best bowling attack - although their batting does look very light.

But as I seem to say every year, I struggle to look beyond Surrey and Notts.

OVERSEAS

Birmingham - Patel & De Grandhomme
Derby - Riaz & Ferguson
Durham - Lathan & Tahir
Essex - Zampa & Wagner (then replaced by Siddle)
Glamorgan - Marsh & Khawaja
Gloucs - Tye
Hants - Mujeeb & Munro (then replaced by Steyn)
Kent - MIlne & Brathwaite (then replaced by Stoinis)
Lancs - Mennie & Faulkner
Leics - Abbas & Nabi
Middlesex - Bravo & Agar
Northants - Kleinveldt & Prasanna
Notts - Christian & Sodhi
Somerset - Anderson
Surrey - Finch & Maddison
Sussex - Khan & Bruce
Worcs - Guptil & Ferguson (then replaced by Head)

Apologies for anything incorrect with the above.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby DiligentDefence » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:47 pm

Good start by Birmingham.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby DiligentDefence » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:02 pm

Duckett reaches 50 off 22 balls.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:12 pm

DiligentDefence wrote:Duckett reaches 50 off 22 balls.


Josh Cobb deciding he wants to catch up.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:15 pm

Grant Elliot can do no wrong today.

Interview at the toss, he manages to squeeze in a "It's coming home". Then takes a wonder catch. Then gets a wicket in his first over.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:17 pm

Sussex are two down, so Essex are almost into the tail.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:44 pm

Based on his time with us, I could have told Essex that Coles and t20 don't go together.

Too quick, too erratic, too short, too brainless. Too expensive.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby DiligentDefence » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:00 pm

Duckett falls just short of his century. Northants post 218/3. If they have stuck to the same formula then the boundaries will not be too small so that is a formidable total
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby Durhamfootman » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:53 pm

Birmingham thrashing Notts, atm
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby Durhamfootman » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:55 pm

Leics not even going to get close
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:59 pm

Even though there's only three matches tonight, I wouldn't be surprised if half of the quarter-finalists are on show (Notts, Birmingham, Northants & Sussex - maybe even Essex too).
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby st_brendy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:08 pm

Ravi becomes the first of, very probably, many.
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby Durhamfootman » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:20 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:Leics not even going to get close

although Northants probably don't want to be bowling Crook much more
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby DiligentDefence » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:23 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:Leics not even going to get close

Did you really need to jinx it?
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Re: T20 Blast 2018

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:28 pm

Just out of reach for Leics.

Fast runs for Ian Bell...

Wonder if battingforbell is still fighting for the cause.
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