Sussex take on Northamptonshire in the first of four quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast at Hove. The Sussex v Northamptonshire betting tips & predictions can be found below.
David Willey’s 41-ball 100 blew Sussex apart, guiding Northamptonshire to the Finals Day.
It was an interesting run for Sussex, who came through in the middle of the tournament with some exciting wins thanks mainly to the batting of their captain & former England batsman Luke Wright.
Wright’s 564 runs in the competition at an average of 56.4 and a whopping strike-rate of 173.53, propelled his Sussex side to eight wins in the competition, and a second place in the points table. That also allowed them the luxury of hosting this quarter-final, which not only gives them the home advantage but also brings them a financial reward thanks to the number of people coming through the gates.
Interestingly, Northamptonshire had the same number of wins as Sussex, but finished third in their group with 16 points. They fell behind Warwickshire and Worcestershire, both of whom looked set to seal their quarter-finals very early in the season.
Northamptonshire were aided by Richard Levi’s 381 runs at the top of the order. His batting fell away towards the end of the competition but the break between the end of the group stage of the competition and these quarter-finals could have done well to refresh him.
The bowling of Azarullah has picked up 14 wickets for Northamptonshire, while Sussex have been helped by Tymal Mills and Oliver Robinson in the competition, who have scalped 18 and 14 wickets respectively.
Sussex v Northamptonshire T20s head to head:
Rather interestingly, these two teams have played just one game before this and Sussex had beaten Northamptonshire in that encounter. That match had come in the semi-finals of the 2009 edition of the English Twenty20 Cup as it was then called, and a Murray Goodwin 80 had led Sussex to a seven-wicket win in the final over of the chase.
We think Sussex will start off favourites yet again.
Sussex v Northamptonshire betting tips:
Sussex to win: 4/5
Wright to be Sussex’s top batsman: 5/2
Match starts at 6.30 pm local time (17.30 hours GMT) on August 12.