T20 Blast: Analysis and tips for Finals Day
Everything you need to know, including where to place your money, ahead of the showpiece day of the domestic season.
Birmingham v Glamorgan
Colin Ingram over 28.5 runs –
Ingram is the competition’s fourth-highest run-scorer appearing at Edgbaston, and the highest in this match.
Back Glamorgan’s match-winner – who has scored two centuries in this year’s tournament – to prevail again.
Grant Elliott: Over 19.5 –
Ex-New Zealand international Elliott has impressed, too, most recently plundering a half-century in a chase of 205 in the quarter-final against Surrey.
The 38-year-old has plenty of experience, so can be relied upon to chip in with a decent score.
Warwickshire opening partnership: Under 21.5–
Glamorgan’s Michael Hogan is the competition’s fourth-highest wicket-taker, with his new-ball partner Marchant de Lange not much further down the list.
Between them, they are certainly capable of breaking up what is an inexperienced opening partnership of Ed Pollock and Dominic Sibley early in the innings.
Glamorgan to win –
Northamptonshire have reached three of the last four T20 finals, proving the virtues of the less-fashionable counties in this format.
Glamorgan are underdogs, but won the South group and could have a collective that is stronger than Birmingham’s.
Hampshire v Nottinghamshire
Alex Hales: Over 28.5 runs –
Hales’ electric form may have dried up slightly in the last few weeks, but he is still Nottinghamshire’s talisman.
Such is his class, it would come as a surprise were he not to be hugely influential on the big day, particularly after his match-winning knock in the One Day Cup final at Lord’s in July.
Hampshire opening partnership: Under 19.5 –
Notts’ new-ball attack is, on paper at least, the strongest of the four sides by some distance.
Stuart Broad, Jake Ball and Harry Gurney should make early inroads between them, particularly with Hampshire’s Shahid Afridi, wildly inconsistent, often offering up wicket-taking opportunities.
James Vince: Over 25.5 runs –
Vince has flourished in the shorter format this season, averaging 37 and notching four half-centuries.
Such a consistent run-scorer should contribute heavily on Saturday.
Notts to win –
Having already won the One Day Cup, Notts look a great bet to go all the way this time.
In Hales, Riki Wessels, Samit Patel and several others, they have sensational power in their batting line-up, while Broad adds to what looks an impressive bowling unit.