The Royal London One Day Cup 2015 Final will see Surrey play Gloucestershire a Lord’s for the title. The Surrey v Gloucestershire betting tips & predictions for this title-decider can be found in this article.
Gloucestershire won by six runs but more importantly for us, Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Surrey to win us a lot of money.
After a long, winding competition, it has come down to this. Two of the best teams even in the league stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup, have made it to the final and can be called fully deserving of that place.
What that also means is that it could become really difficult to predict the result of this one but as has always been the case, we will try and analyse the case.
Surrey, bolstered by the return of Kumar Sangakkara, had earlier finished top of Group A during the league stage. They lost just one game throughout the tournament, and that came after they had all but qualified for the knock-out round.
On the other hand, Gloucestershire started off with a rained-off game and then won their next match against Derbyshire off the last ball. It didn’t stop there, as despite scoring 315 against Leicestershire, they only managed a one-run win and then edged out Somerset by a couple of balls to spare.
Their two defeats came at the hands of Northamptonshire and Surrey, by which time they were already through to the quarter-finals.
Surrey defeated Kent by 17 runs in the quarters, while Gloucestershire overcame Hampshire with an over to spare in their last-eight encounter. This was followed by Gloucestershire easily crushing Yorkshire in the first semi-final while the second was won by Surrey by a mere four runs against Nottinghamshire.
The one reason Surrey start off favourites is because they don’t rely on one batsman alone, unlike Gloucestershire. Surrey have Kumar Sangakkara, Jason Roy and Steven Davies, all of whom have scored more than 400 runs in the competition as opposed to Gloucestershire, whose dependence on Michael Klinger led to their ouster from the NatWest T20 Blast as well.
Surrey v Gloucestershire Head to Head:
They last played in the group stages of this tournament, and Surrey edged Gloucestershire by 12 runs. A Rory Burns 95 helped Surrey to 291 in their 50 overs, and while Benny Howell hit 60 for Gloucestershire, they fell short of the target. Interestingly, they were bowled out with two balls to spare.
Even more interestingly, neither Sangakkara, nor Klinger played that encounter.
Surrey v Gloucestershire Betting Tips:
Sangakkara to be Surrey’s top batsman: 3/1
Klinger to be Gloucestershire’s top batsman: 3/1
Match starts at 10.30 am local time (0930 hours GMT) on September 19.