Middlesex will enter the County Championship as defending champions but will they be able to overcome the Surrey and Lancashire challenge? Here’re all the County Championship betting tips for the 2017 season.
Three matches will be played in the next round of games. Somerset will host Nottinghamshire in what will be a battle to get away from the bottom third of the points table.
Both teams, Somerset and Nottinghamshire, have only one win from six games and are languishing down the ladder with 56 and 61 points respectively. Somerset are coming off a terrible defeat at the hands of the table-topping Durham, when they lost in three days despite having bowled Durham out for 189 batting first.
Nottinghamshire will have some confidence going into this game, having defeated Sussex previously and could start off as favourites here.
Worcestershire and Warwickshire will also go head to head in their Championship fixture, with both teams coming off draws in their previous games. Worcestershire took a massive first innings lead against Hampshire but failed to push on for a win while Warwickshire tried to set up a sporting declaration against Middlesex but couldn’t bowl them out in 50 overs.
Looking at another draw in this game with the team batting second to take the lead.
Essex v Surrey betting tips:
Draw no bet: Surrey to win
Derbyshire v Leicestershire betting tips:
Draw no bet: Leicestershire to win
The game of this week will be between Sussex and Durham at Arundel. Durham are at the top of the table with 109 points but have played an extra game over Yorkshire, who have 98 points. Sussex are on 80 from seven matches and trying hard to play catch-up.
Interestingly, Durhams batting has been led by leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, who has 546 runs with a century and four fifties this season. Luke Wright has been Sussex’s best bat, bashing away 526 runs and while he’s yet to hit a century, he has five half-centuries including a top-score of 96.
As far as their bowling is concerned, Chris Rushworth and John Hastings have shared 69 wickets between them for Durham while Steve Magoffin has 36 wickets for Sussex. Durham should start favourites.