The NatWest T20 Blast 2017 will kick-start from late May and will go on till its Final Day on August 20. Get the latest NatWest T20 Blast betting tips for the 2017 season in the piece below.
It comes as no surprise that Nottinghamshire will kick-start the NatWest T20 Blast as favourites yet again, as they look to shrug all the underwhelming performances in their previous editions to go all the way. Close on their heels will be Surrey, who had won the first ever edition of the Twenty20 Cup in 2003 but since then have runner-up twice and losing semi-finalists on three other occasions.
Yorkshire have rarely mounted much of a challenge when it comes to this format of the game but under the able stewardship of Jason Gillespie, a lot is expected out of them especially given how he led the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League last season. They are currently the third favourite.
Following them are Hampshire and Somerset who will both look to better their last year’s performances, while Warwickshire, also known as the Birmingham Bears for the purpose of the NatWest T20 Blast come just behind Yorkshire in that list.
Latest NatWest T20 Blast Betting Tips for 2016 here:
Northamptonshire v Birmingham betting tips:
Northamptonshire to win
Yorkshire v Durham betting tips:
Durham to win
Middlesex v Surrey betting tips:
Surrey to win
Essex v Sussex betting tips:
Essex to win
Last year, the first semi-final of the Finals Day will see Northamptonshire take on Warwickshire at Birmingham, the venue for the Finals Day. Northamptonshire ran away to an easy win in their quarter-final against Sussex thanks to a brilliant display of batting by David Willey.
Willey hammered a 41-ball 100 to help Northamptonshire chase down 166 in just 16 overs, getting his side to 137 from just 11 overs to help them through to a win.
Their opponent in that first semi-final will be a team that batted Essex out of the second quarter-final at Edgbaston. Defending champions Warwickshire were propped up to 189 in their 20 overs, thanks to late fireworks from Luke Evans and Chris Woakes, who were involved in a 69-run stand for the fifth wicket.
In reply, Essex never got going and fell away to 165 for six from their 20 overs with each of the five Warwickshire bowlers picking up a wicket apiece.
Hampshire hammered the highest score of the quarter-finals, a 196 for four from their 20 overs and it was possible because of captain James Vince’s century. He smashed an unbeaten 107 and that ensured Worcestershire were way behind when the rain finally came down.
After 8.1 overs Worcestershire were 58 for two, 18 short of where they needed to be to win the match.
They take on Lancashire, who were involved in a thrilling tie with Kent in the fourth quarter-final. Chasing 143 for a win, Lancashire went into the final over with six to get but lost two wickets from the first three balls of the over and had a dot from the fourth.
Needing five from two, James Faulkner helped himself to a couple of braces to tie the game and Lancashire advanced having lost fewer wickets.
Get the latest odds with bet365 associated with the NatWest T20 Blast 2016 outright winners once released:
Birmingham Bears: 12/1