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Here are Adam Drury's cricket betting tips for the most highly-anticipated day of the domestic season.


CHAMPIONS: Worcestershire

Worcestershire won the title on Finals Day at Edgbaston last year, and a familiar looking line-up can repeat the trick on Saturday.

Nine of that title-winning side are in the squad for Saturday, including star turns Moeen Ali and Pat Brown.

The tougher task seems to be overturning Notts in the semi-final, but they did that at Trent Bridge in the first match of the competition. Their ability to perform on the big stage negates the fact that they only qualified from fourth position in the north group.

If they reach the final, they will be favourites to beat the winner of Derbyshire v Essex.

TOP RUN-SCORER: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Moeen ranks 30th for runs in this competition this season, despite the fact that he has played five matches and the vast majority of his competition have played at least 10.

He averages 104, which is significantly higher than his closest competition. That average was boosted by an astonishing 121* from 60 balls in the quarter-final, but he has been consistent throughout the competition, previously scoring 32, 85*, 23 and 51.

The Worcestershire captain clearly relishes leading his side, as he proved when scoring 82 runs as skipper on this day last year. A few more runs should see him go close in this market.

TOP WICKET-TAKER: Matt Critchley (Derbyshire)

Critchley has been a slow burner this season, but is now nicely poised to go big on Finals Day.

The leg-spinner took two wickets in his first four matches of the competition but has not gone wicketless since, taking 15 in his subsequent eight appearances.

Seven of 11 wickets fell to spin in last season’s final, so assuming Derbyshire get there – as I fancy them to – Critchley is consistent enough to flourish on what will be a wearing pitch.


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