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We are expecting another exciting T20 Blast tournament in 2022 with Notts Outlaws, Somerset, Lancashire Lightning and Sussex Sharks looking most likely to go all the way to Finals Day on July 16th at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Notts Outlaws won the tournament in 2020 but were knocked out at the Quarter Final stage last season. They are a very consistent T20 outfit and have reached at least the last eight in every campaign since 2016. We expect their main bowling threats to be Jake Ball, who missed a big portion of last season but still picked up 18 wickets, and bowling all-rounder Calvin Harrison who took 20 wickets in 2021. They can be backed at 8.00 with Betway.
Somerset went all the way to the final in September 2021 where they lost to Kent Spitfires by 25 runs. South Africa’s Marchant de Lange was their top wicket taker and he will be keen to build on his 18 T20 Blast dismissals last year. Will Smeed scored 385 runs in the journey to becoming runners-up and he has been building his white ball reputation ever since. Somerset are 8.00 to win the 2022 T20 Blast with Betway.
Knocked out in the Quarter Finals by eventual runners-up Somerset, Lancashire Lightning will fancy their chances of going at least one step further this year and challenging on Finals Day. They will be without New Zealand’s Finn Allen who hit 399 runs in the 2021 tournament but Liam Livingstone, who averaged 55.80 from only six games last year, will be their key batter. Lancashire Lightning are 9.00 to win the Blast with Betway.
Although Sussex Sharks finished in third place in the South Group, they would have been higher placed if it wasn’t for five games being washed out due to the weather. They were beaten by Kent Spitfires in the semi-final and are well worth backing again this season. Sussex Sharks are 10.00 to win the 2022 T20 Blast with Betway.
Captain: Carlos Brathwaite
Overseas Players: Carlos Brathwaite, Paul Stirling
Coach: Mark Robinson
Home Ground: Edgbaston
The Bears finished in fourth place in the group stage but were knocked out in the quarter finals in 2021. It was the first time in four seasons that Birmingham Bears had progressed from the group.
Paul Stirling - The Irish opener is a new signing for this season and he has a fine T20 record at domestic and international level including an IT20 century.
Other Key Players: Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Jake Lintott
Paul Stirling, Jacob Bethell , Alex Davies (wk), Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Chris Benjamin, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Danny Briggs, Henry Brookes, Jake Lintott, Craig Miles, Nathan McAndrew, Ethan Brookes, Oliver Hannon-Dalby
Birmingham Bears are 17.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Billy Godleman
Overseas Players: Shan Masood, Suranga Lakmal
Coach: Mickey Arthur
Home Ground: County Cricket Ground
The Falcons won only four games in the group stage last year and finished next to bottom of the North Group. They have only progressed to the quarter final three times in T20 Blast history.
Leus du Plooy - Plooy hit three half-centuries on his way to contributing 395 runs in total last season. He finished with a strong average of 39.50 in a poor side.
Other Key Players: Luis Reece, Suranga Lakmal, Mark Watt
Shan Masood (c), Harry Came, Leus du Plooy, Wayne Madsen, Luis Reece, Brooke Guest (wk), Hayden Kerr, Matt McKiernan, Samuel Conners, George Scrimshaw, Mark Watt, Alex Hughes, Michael Cohen, Anuj Dal
Derbyshire Falcons are 34.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Ashton Turner
Overseas Players: Ashton Turner, David Bedingham
Coach: James Franklin
Home Ground: Emirates Riverside
Durham finished in seventh place in the North Group last year but will be hoping that new signing and captain, Australian Ashton Turner, can turn things around.
Ashton Turner - Leader of Perth Scorchers in the BBL, Ashton Turner could well turn out to be one of the best signings ahead of this year’s campaign. He is a vastly experienced T20 batter.
Other Key Players: Ben Stokes, Matthew Potts, David Bedingham
Graham Clark, Michael Jones, Ollie Robinson (wk), Ashton Turner (c), David Bedingham, Ned Eckersley, Ben Raine, Brydon Carse, Paul Coughlin, Liam Trevaskis, Scott Borthwick, Oliver Gibson, Jonathan Bushnell, Stanley McAlindon
Durham are 34.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Dane Vilas
Overseas Players: Dane Vilas, Tim David
Coach: Glenn Chapple
Home Ground: Old Trafford
Lightning finished third in the North Group in the 2021 T20 Blast but were well beaten by Somerset in the quarter final. They have reached the knockout stage four seasons running.
Liam Livingstone - Due to injury and unavailability Liam Livingstone appeared in only six games last year. He has progressed over the last 12 months and is one of the hottest properties in T20 cricket.
Other Key Players: Jos Buttler, Matt Parkinson, Tim David
Philip Salt (wk), Keaton Jennings, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas (c), Tim David, Luke Wood, Danny Lamb, Tom Hartley, Richard Gleeson, Matthew Parkinson, Liam Hurt, Josh Bohannon, Luke Wells
Lancashire Lightning are 9.00 to win the tournament with Betway.
Captain: Colin Ackermann
Overseas Players: Naveen ul-Haq, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Coach: Paul Nixon
Home Ground: Grace Road
The Foxes finished in sixth place, three points from the play-off spots, in the North Group in 2021. With three titles, Leicestershire are the most successful side in T20 Blast history.
Naveen-ul-Haq - Afghanistan’s Naveen ul-Haq performed brilliantly in the tournament last year and finished as the leading wicket taker with 26 dismissals.
Other Key Players: Colin Ackermann, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Callum Parkinson
Hamish Rutherford, Lewis Hill (wk), Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (c), Rishi Patel, Louis Kimber, Ben Mike, Rehan Ahmed, Roman Walker, Callum Parkinson, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Scott Steel
Leicestershire Foxes are 26.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway.
Captain: Josh Cobb
Overseas Players: Chris Lynn, Jimmy Neesham
Coach: John Sadler
Home Ground: The County Ground
It was a season to forget for the Steelbacks in 2021 as they finished bottom of the North Group with only four victories and eight defeats. They won the competition in 2013 and 2016.
Jimmy Neesham - Jimmy Neesham has signed for Northamptonshire Steelbacks for this campaign after playing for Essex in the T20 Blast and Welsh Fire in the Hundred in 2021. He is a fine all-rounder.
Other Key Players: Ricardo Vasconcelos, Graeme White, Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn, Ben Curran, Joshua Cobb (c), Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, James Sales, Matthew Kelly, Ben Sanderson, Freddie Heldreich, Graeme White, Brandon Glover, Alex Russell
Northants Steelbacks are outsiders at 34.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway.
Captain: Dan Christian
Overseas Players: Dan Christian
Coach: Peter Moores
Home Ground: Trent Bridge
Notts Outlaws finished top of the North Group in 2021 with nine victories and an incredible three tied games. They won the competition in 2017 and 2020.
Alex Hales - Specialist white-ball opening batter Alex Hales hit a century and two fifties as he scored 482 runs in last year’s tournament. He remains one of the most destructive batters in this format.
Other Key Players: Jake Ball, Ben Duckett
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Tom Moores (wk), Daniel Christian (c), Steven Mullaney, Calvin Harrison, Matthew Carter, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball, James Pattinson, Ben Slater, Dane Paterson, Soloman Budinger
Notts Outlaws are 8.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway.
Captain: Moeen Ali
Overseas Players: Dwayne Bravo, Colin Munro
Coach: Alex Gidman
Home Ground: New Road
The Rapids came within one point of qualifying for the quarter final in 2021, finishing in fifth place. They won their only T20 Blast title in 2018.
Dwayne Bravo - T20 specialist Dwayne Bravo, brings a career of expertise across all formats to Worcestershire Rapids for 2022. He is the all time leading wicket taker in the IPL.
Other Key Players: Moeen Ali, Colin Munro, Brett D’Oliveira
Ed Pollock, Brett DOliveira, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Ben Cox(w/c), Ed Barnard, Gareth Roderick, Josh Baker, Dillon Pennington, Charlie Morris, Patrick Brown, Adam Finch, Taylor Cornall
Worcestershire Rapids are 11.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: David Willey
Overseas Players: Shadab Khan, Finn Allen
Coach: Ottis Gibson
Home Ground: Headingley
The Vikings were impressive in the group stage and finished in second place with seven victories. They were eliminated by Sussex Sharks in the quarter final.
Shadab Khan - 23 year old all-rounder Shadab Khan was one of the star Pakistan players during the 2021 T20 World Cup. He has all the attributes to take this tournament by storm.
Other Key Players: Harry Brook, Adil Rashid, Jonny Bairstow
Dominic Bess, Harry Brook, Will Fraine, Joe Root(c), George Hill, Adam Lyth, Shadab Khan, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jonathan Tattersall(w), Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Haris Rauf, Matthew Revis
Yorkshire Vikings are 13.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Simon Harmer
Overseas Players: Simon Harmer, Daniel Sams
Coach: Anthony McGrath
Home Ground: The County Ground
After winning only two games during the 2020 tournament, Essex Eagles showed signs of improvement but finished a lowly seventh in the group stage last year.
Daniel Sams - Bowling all-rounder Daniel Sams is an excellent new signing for the Eagles who should propel them up the South Group table. He is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Other Key Players: Sam Cook, Aaron Nijjar, Simon Harmer
Adam Rossington (wk), William Buttleman, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Matthew Critchley, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Daniel Sams, Simon Harmer (c), Aron Nijjar, Ben Allison, Samuel Cook, Shane Snater, Jamal Richards
Essex Eagles are 17.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: David Lloyd
Overseas Players: Colin Ingram, Marnus Labuschagne
Coach: Matthew Maynard
Home Ground: Sofia Gardens
The Welsh county had the worst record of any side in the 2021 T20 Blast, finishing with only three wins and bottom of the South Group. They are yet to win a Blast title.
Colin Ingram - Colin Ingram returns for his second successive season with Glamorgan in the T20 Blast. The big-hitting South African has experience across all the top global T20 leagues.
Other Key Players: Marnus Labuschagne, David Lloyd, Dan Douthwaite
David Lloyd (c), Sam Northeast, Marnus Labuschagne, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke (wk), Joe Cooke, Daniel Douthwaite, Michael Neser, James Weighell, Prem Sisodiya, Michael Hogan, James Harris, Colin Ingram, Andrew Salter
Glamorgan are 34.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Jack Taylor
Overseas Players: Glenn Phillips, Naseem Shah, Marcus Harris
Coach: Dale Benkenstein
Home Ground: The County Ground
Perennial over-performing underdogs, Gloucestershire finished in sixth place, one point away from the top four in the group stage in 2021. They have never won the T20 Blast.
Glenn Phillips - Glenn Phillips combined spectacular fielding with eye-catching big hitting during the 2021 T20 Blast season. He hit 500 runs, second only to Josh Inglis.
Other Key Players: Benny Howell, Naseem Shah, Jack Taylor
Miles Hammond, James Bracey (wk), Ian Cockbain, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor (c), Tom Smith, Paul van Meekeren, David Payne, Naseem Shah, Zak Chappell, George Scott
Gloucestershire are 17.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: James Vince
Overseas Players: Nathan Ellis, Ben McDermott
Coach: Adi Birrell
Home Ground: Ageas Bowl
Due to fixture congestion, Hampshire played two games on the same day last year on the way to finishing fourth in the South Group. They were knocked out by Somerset in the semi-final.
James Vince - Skipper James Vince hit 373 runs in the 2021 tournament including a century and a fifty. He continues to be a key signing in all T20 competitions.
Other Key Players: Mason Crane, Ben McDermott, Joe Weatherley
Ben McDermott (wk), Aneurin Donald, James Vince (c), Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, Nathan Ellis, Mason Crane, Brad Wheal, Ian Holland, Scott Currie, Tom Prest
Hampshire are 15.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Sam Billings
Overseas Players: Qais Ahmed
Coach: Matt Walker
Home Ground: The Spitfire Ground
Kent Spitfires beat Somerset by 25 runs in the final to win the 2021 T20 Blast. They topped the South Group with nine victories from 14 games.
Matt Milnes - 27 year old English bowler Matt Milnes had a fine season with the ball last year. He picked up 22 wickets at an average of 15.40 and recorded the only 5 wicket haul of the tournament.
Other Key Players: Joe Denly, Qais Ahmed, Daniel Bell-Drummond
Sam Billings(w/c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, George Linde, Tawanda Muyeye, Matt Milnes, Qais Ahmad, Matthew Quinn, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart
Kent Spitfires are 11.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Stephen Eskinazi
Overseas Players: Mujeeb ur Rahman, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Coach: Richard Johnson
Home Ground: Lord’s
Middlesex failed to qualify from the group stage for the second successive season and won only four matches in the 2021 tournament. They won the competition in 2008.
Shaheen Shah Afridi - Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the top pace bowlers in white-ball cricket and is equally as effective at the start and finish of an innings.
Other Key Players: Mujeeb ur Rahman, Eoin Morgan, Steve Eskinazi
Stephen Eskinazi (c), Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Martin Andersson, Toby Roland-Jones, Blake Cullen, Thilan Walallawita, Jack Davies, Toby Greatwood
Middlesex are 17.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Tom Abell
Overseas Players: Marchant de Lange, Rilee Roussow
Coach: Jason Kerr
Home Ground: The County Ground
Somerset finished second in the South Group before going all the way to the final where they lost to Kent Spitfires in 2021. They won the tournament in 2005.
Will Smeed- 20 year-old top order batter Will Smeed is the latest specialist white ball player to come through the ranks at Somerset. He has impressed in T10 tournaments during the winter.
Other Key Players: Marchant de Lange, Lewis Gregory, Tom Banton
Tom Abell(c), Tom Banton(w), George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Rilee Rossouw, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Gregory, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe
Somerset are 8.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Chris Jordan
Overseas Players: Sunil Narine
Coach: Gareth Batty
Home Ground: The Oval
Surrey won the T20 Blast in the inaugural season of the competition in 2003. Last year they missed out on the quarter final due to a net-run-rate difference of 0.046.
Chris Jordan - New signing bowler Chris Jordan will lead the side as captain in the 2022 campaign. He has experience across all the top T20 leagues and is one of the world’s best fielders
Other Key Players: Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sam Curran
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Laurie Evans, Ollie Pope (wk), Sam Curran, Jamie Overton, Jordan Clark, Chris Jordan (c), Sunil Narine, Daniel Worrall, Reece Topley, Rory Burns, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Smith, Daniel Moriarty
Surrey are 11.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
Captain: Ravi Bopara
Overseas Players: Rashid Khan, Tim Seifert
Coach: James Kirtley
Home Ground: The County Ground
Sussex Sharks won six of their 11 completed group stage games last season before being knocked out in the semi-final by Kent Spitfires. They won the competition in 2009.
Rashid Khan - Rashid Khan is back with the sharks for his fourth spell on the south coast. He is recognised as one of the best spinners across the globe in T20 cricket.
Other Key Players: George Garton, Tim Seifert, Ravi Bopara
Luke Wright, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Josh Philippe, Ravi Bopara (c), Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Harrison Ward, Will Beer, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham, Steven Finn, Tom Alsop, Henry Crocombe, Oliver Carter
Sussex are 10.00 to win the T20 Blast with Betway
With Notts Outlaws the joint favourites for the competition, we expect to see them top the North Group and be joined in the quarter finals by Worcestershire Rapids, Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning. Notts have plenty of experience of successful campaigns in this competition and we are backing Lancashire Lightning to join them at Finals Day. With Liam Livingstone available for a large proportion of the tournament, Lancashire will be dangerous.
Our predictions for qualifying from the South Group are last year’s beaten finalists Somerset alongside Sussex Sharks, 2021 winners Kent Spitfires and Essex Eagles. We expect to see Somerset topping the group thanks to the bowling of Marchant de Lange and the batting of Tom Banton and Will Smeed. We do not envisage Essex Eagles reaching finals day and predict that Sussex Sharks or Kent Spitfires will join Somerset at Edgbaston.
Somerset have won the competition once before and last season’s defeat in the final means that they have finished as runners-up a record four times. With minimal changes to their squad from 2021, we are predicting them to go one-step further and win the tournament in 2022.
Many of the top players from the 2021 Men’s Hundred also played for Somerset and they have a squad full of white-ball specialists who have enjoyed success in England. Cheered on by a knowledgeable crowd in Taunton, we expect the supporters to have plenty to celebrate this year.
Key to their batting hopes will be the English top order pair of Will Smeed and Tom Banton. However, if they fail, there are plenty more runs sure to come from Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory and even Marchant de Lange. In the bowling stocks, it is the big South African who will cause batters the most problems. Craig Overton is another useful player at this level and he picked up 13 wickets last year.
Somerset’s T20 Blast success of 2005 is now 17 years ago and a whole generation of fans have not seen their county lift the trophy. We expect this to change this season and are predicting Somerset to be 2022 T20 Blast Champions come the final in mid-July.
English county cricket’s T20 Blast returns for an 19th year in a different format for a very different season.
Nottinghamshire go into the tournament as defending champions after beating Surrey in last season’s final.
The Nottinghamshire will be looking to create history – none of the tournament’s previous winners have ever defended their title.
Since 2014, it has been two groups of nine, but the shortened season means the counties will stay in the same geographical groups being used for the first-class Bob Willis Trophy.
First contested in 2003, the tournament will be played in the format of two geographical groups of nine teams for this year’s edition.
Derbyshire Falcons, Durham, Lancashire Lightning, Leicestershire Foxes, Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Yorkshire Vikings make up the northern group.
Of those, Nottinghamshire won the title in 2017 and 2020, Lancashire in 2015 and Leicestershire in 2004, 2006 and 2011. The Outlaws and Derbyshire Falcons were beaten in last season’s semi-finals.
In the central group, Birmingham Bears, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Somerset and Worcestershire Rapids go head-to-head.
Birmingham Bears won the tournament, in 2014, Northants won in 2013 and 2016 and Worcestershire – beaten in last year’s final – were crowned champions in 2018.
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