T20 Finals 2013

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The ‘Second City’ of Britain plays hosts to the Twenty20 Finals Day on Saturday, with four teams, namely Hampshire, Essex, Surrey and Northamptonshire all in the hunt to secure the trophy at Edgbaston.

Hampshire are the favourites at 7/4 with Ladbrokes, which is perhaps unsurprising given they are the holders, whilst they scored an extremely impressive 17 points in the group stages – comfortably the best record.

They face a Surrey side in the Semi-Final whom they have already between twice this season and with explosive Australian Michael Carberry in great form having knocked a century in their Quarter-Final win over Lancashire, we think there’s every chance they’ll be in the final once again. Surrey are without Kevin Pietersen who is on England duty and he’s a massive miss for the London side, who tried and failed to get him released to play. Back Hampshire to beat Surrey at 4/6 with Ladbrokes.

The second semi final pitches Essex against Northamptonshire and we’re keen on Essex, who sneaked into the Quarter-Finals as being one of the best placed ‘third-placed’ sides in the Group Stages. They’ve shown momentum to get this far, with Ryan Ten Doeschate in outrageous form, whilst in Shaun Tait they’ve got a rare thing – an Australian bowler playing brilliantly, as shown by his hat-trick in the thumping win over Somerset in the last round. Essex look a fair price at 1.87 on Betfair to secure the win.

Those of you paying attention will now realise we think it’s a Hampshire v Essex final and if that’s the case you can expect it to be priced at around 4/6 for Hampshire to be victorious. Purely on value terms we’ll go with the side with all the momentum – Essex are the outright tip at 4.2 on Betfair.

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