Warwickshire kick-start the 2017 edition of the Royal London One-Day Cup as defending champions but who will win this year’s England’s domestic one-day competition? Get the latest Royal London One-Day Cup betting tips & predictions for the 2017 edition of the tournament here.
The Royal London One Day Cup tournament is a forthcoming limited-overs cricket competition that is a part of the domestic season in England for every year.
Teams from both England and Wales compete in the tournament which is played in a 50 overs format and has the list A cricket status for records. Eighteen first class counties in England and Wales compete in the tournament which begins in a couple of days at the end of April with the final taking place at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground on 1st July.
The 2017 season has been moved slightly earlier in the season in order to Allah for other competitions to take place during the summer holidays as well as accommodating the England players who have been allowed to prepare for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which takes place during June this year.
Royal London One-Day Cup betting tips here:
Our correct-wrong record so far: 2-2
Somerset v Surrey betting tips:
Surrey to win
Lancashire v Leicestershire betting tips:
Lancashire to win
Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire betting tips:
Nottinghamshire to win
Derbyshire v Northamptonshire betting tips:
Derbyshire to win
Essex v Hampshire betting tips:
Hampshire to win
Glamorgan v Surrey betting tips:
Glamorgan to win
Leicestershire v Worcestershire betting tips:
Worcestershire to win
Middlesex v Gloucestershire betting tips:
Middlesex to win
Sussex v Somerset betting tips:
Sussex to win
The dates and schedule will have a similar feel to the Benson and Hedges Cup which ran from the 1970s until 2002.
Similar to the Natwest T20 Blast competition run by the England Cricket Board in association with the Wales Cricket Association, this competition as well will feature two groups of nine teams each based on a North-South geographical split.
Each team has 8 matches to play during the group stage, And 4 of these matches will be played at home while the others will be played away. Upstage will run from the end of April to the middle of May at which time the tournament will get its quarter finalists from each league to play against each other to determine the semifinalists.
During the ICC Champions Trophy in June which is an international competition, Royal London One Day Cup will be largely paused. The competition will resume after the end of the Champions Trophy.
The teams in the North group include the Derbyshire Falcons, Durham, Lancashire Lightning, the Leicestershire Foxes, the Northamptonshire Steelbacks, the Nottinghamshire Outlaws, the Warwickshire Bears, Worcestershire and the Yorkshire Vikings.
The South group holds the Essex Eagles, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent Spitfires, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey and the Sussex Sharks.
Last year’s competition saw the Warwickshire Bears beat Surrey in the lowest scoring match of the competition with the target being set at 138 by Warwickshire before Surrey were bundled out for 136. With the break added in between the games, there should be a good amount of tactical input going into the prep given how hard it is for teams to regain rhythm after a big break like that.
The tournament started in 2014 with the England and Wales first-class counties participating in it. It replaced the ECB 40 tournament which ran from 2010 to 2013. The number of overs was increased to 50, in line with the One Day Internationals format.
Each team will face the remaining eight teams in its group in a round-robin league format. Thus every team will play eight matches in the round-robin stage with each team playing four matches at home and four away. The draw for home and away matches is also done randomly.
After the completion of the round-robin league format, the top four teams from each group will qualify for the next round of matches which will take place in a knock-out format.
The top-placed team in each group will face the fourth-placed team of the other group, while the second-placed team in a group will square up against the third-ranked team of the other group in four quarter-final lineups.
The winners of the quarter-final matches will face off against each other in two semi-finals with the winners of these matches meeting for the championship in the final. The final will be played at The Lord’s in London.
The winner of the 2015 edition of the Royal London Cup were Durham County Cricket Club, who defeated Warwickshire County Cricket Club by three wickers in a tight and tensed final.
The favorite tag lies firmly with the defending champions and if they can carry on the form which they showed during the knock-outs of last year’s tournament, a repeat triumph is definitely within their reach.
Latest Royal One-Day Cup betting odds for outright title winners 2017 will be updated soon.