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Vitality Blast 2020 Match Predictions

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Northern Group

Semi-finalists last season, it marked a huge improvement for the Falcons who had never previously reached Finals Day. Only Middlesex have lost more games in the competition’s history than Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Falcons Team Key Players

Wayne Madsen – The veteran big-hitting batsman’s superb strike rate earned him a stint in the Abu Dhabi T10 in the winter. He has already started the season in big-hitting batting form too.

Derbyshire Falcons Team Squad

Billy Godleman (C), Thomas Wood, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Batting Allrounder, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Anuj Dal, Brooke Guest(wk), Matt McKiernan, Michael Cohen, Edward Barnes, Samuel Conners

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Derbyshire Falcons Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Derbyshire are 23.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast with Bet365

Runners-up in 2016, Durham finished sixth in the North Division last season despite having Australian T20 star D’Arcy Short in their squad. They are massive outsiders for this year’s tournament.

Durham Team Key Players

Matty Potts – The 21-year-old bowler impressed last season in his debut campaign, taking 17 wickets in 12 matches

Durham Team Squad

Alex Lees, Sean Dickson, Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Paul Coughlin, Matty Potts, Scott Steel, David Bedingham(wk), Stuart Poynter(wk), Ned Eckersley(wk), Nathan Rimmington(C), Liam Trevaskis, Mark Wood, Brydon Carse

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Durham Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Durham are 34.00 outsiders to win the 2020 T20 Blast with Bet365

Statistically the best team in the competition’s 18-year history, Lancashire have won more games than any other county in the T20 Blast – even though it has only added up to one title. International commitments for the likes of Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler could hamper them – if they are available, they will be among the favourites.

Lancashire Lightning Team Key Players

Alex Davies – The big-hitting wicket-keeper batsman has a T20 strike rate of just shy of 130 and, particularly if Buttler and Livingstone are unavailable, he will need to find some big scores at the top of the order.

Lancashire Lightning Team Squad

Keaton Jennings, Rob Jones, Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Stephen Parry, Dane Vilas (C), Alex Davies(wk), George Lavelle(wk), Tom Bailey, Tom Hartley, Liam Hurt, Danny Lamb, Toby Lester, Matthew Parkinson

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Lancashire Lightning Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Lancashire are among the lowest-priced teams for the tournament, at 11.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast with Bet365

After finishing bottom of the North Division last season, the three-time former winners are big outsiders nowadays. They have managed to acquire Gareth Delany as their overseas option for this tournament, however, and they have a number of T20 stars who could ensure they are not whipping boys in this group at the very least

Leicestershire Foxes Team Key Players

Colin Ackermann – Stole the headlines last season with T20 record figures of 7-18 in the match against Birmingham Bears. He is usually a part-time bowler too, and far more renowned as a dependable batting option

Leicestershire Foxes Team Squad

Colin Ackermann (C), Harry Dearden, Gareth Delany, Gavin Griffiths, George Rhodes, Lewis Hill(wk), Harry Swindells(wk), Will Davis, Dieter Klein, Arron Lilley, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Tom Taylor

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Leicestershire Foxes Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Leicestershire are also among the big outsiders for this tournament. They are 34.00 to win with Bet365

Semi-finalists last season, quarter-finalists in 2018 and winners in 2017, the Outlaws are only narrowly behind Lancashire as the T20 Blast’s most successful team statistically in its history. They are blessed with some big-name, big-hitting batting talent at the top of the order and some notable bowlers too. Alex Hales and Harry Gurney will be among their top players.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws Team Key Players

Alex Hales – Smashed five half-centuries on his way to 418 runs last season at a strike rate of 140.26. With no end to his England exile in sight, he will be one of the star players in this tournament instead

Nottinghamshire Outlaws Team Squad

Ben Duckett, Alex Hales, Chris Nash, Zak Chappell, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Peter Trego, Tom Barber, Matthew Carter, Daniel Christian(C), Luke Fletcher, Joe Clarke(wk), Tom Moores(wk), Jake Ball(wk)

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Nottinghamshire Outlaws Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Nottinghamshire go into the tournament as favourites, at 8.00 to win with Bet365.

For all their reputation and for all the big-hitting stars they have acquired over time, the Vikings have never won this tournament – their best finish was runners-up. Last year they won just four games as they finished fifth in the North Division. Still, they are among the favourites given the high-quality squad they still have at their disposal – though, like Roses rivals Lancashire, they may be depleted by England call-ups.

Yorkshire Vikings Team Key Players

Tom Kohler-Cadmore – In superb batting form last season, he smashed 435 runs – including five half-centuries – at an average of 62.14 and with a strike rate of 141.23.

Yorkshire Vikings Team Squad

Harry Brook, Will Fraine, Tom Kohler-Cadmore(C), Tom Loten, Adam Lyth, Matthew Revis, Joe Root, George Hill, Josh Poysden, Jordan Thompson, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Matthew Fisher, Mathew Pillans, Jack Shutt

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Yorkshire Vikings Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Yorkshire Vikings are 11.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast as they target a first ever title in this competition

Central Group

One of the five team to have clocked 100 wins in this tournament’s history, though they maybe could have had more – falling in the knock-out stages on several occasions in the past. Warwickshire’s T20 stars failed to deliver last season, but they have some exciting prospects that could help them go further this time around

Birmingham Bears Team Key Players

Sam Hain – One of the stars of last year’s tournament despite Birmingham finishing second-bottom in the North Division. He hit 459 runs in 12 innings to announce his talents.

Birmingham Bears Team Squad

Sam Hain, Dominic Sibley, Ian Bell, Adam Hose, Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess(w), Will Rhodes(c), Tim Bresnan, Jeetan Patel, Liam Norwell, Henry Brookes, Alex Thomson, Dan Mousley, Oliver Hannon-Dalby

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Birmingham Bears Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Bet365 have priced Birmingham Bears at 17.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast.

The side from across the border are yet to win the T20 Blast, though they have hosted the Finals Day. They last reached the final four in 2017, and won just one of their 14 matches in the South Division last year. Their adopted South African, Colin Ingram, was their star batsman last year and his availability could be a key factor in their chances.

Glamorgan Team Key Players

David Lloyd – The batsman from North Wales has stepped up his leadership responsibilities in 2020. He scored 358 runs last season and can turn his arm too – though he does not tend to so regularly in T20 cricket.

Glamorgan Team Squad

Andrew Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Billy Root, Callum Taylor, Graham Wagg, Owen Morgan, Timm van der Gugten, Chris Cooke (C), Lukas Carey(wk), Marchant de Lange, Daniel Douthwaite, Michael Hogan, Andrew Salter, Prem Sisodiya

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Glamorgan Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Glamorgan, despite winning only one game last season, are not total outsiders. They are still 26.00 to win with Bet365, however

In excellent form last season, finishing second in the South Division, only to fall to defeat in the quarter-finals. They will be without former captain Michael Klinger and intended overseas stars Andrew Tye and Qais Ahmad this season, however

Gloucestershire Team Key Players

David Payne – Started the season in good first-class bowling form having been a top wicket-taker in this competition last year. His next T20 wicket will be his 100th

Gloucestershire Team Squad

Ian Cockbain, George Hankins, Jack Taylor(C), Matt Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Ben Charlesworth, Miles Hammond, David Payne, Tom Smith, James Bracey(wk), Chris Dent(wk), Ryan Higgins, George Scott, Josh Shaw

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Gloucestershire Vitality T20 Blzast 2020 odds

Gloucestershire are without some key players for this year’s tournament and so are 17.00 to win with Bet365

The two-time winners were less successful last season, finishing seventh in the North Division. They have lost intended overseas signings Faheem Ashraf and Kieron Pollard, but Paul Stirling is a smart acquisition

Northamptonshire Steelbacks Team Key Players

Paul Stirling – His extended deal with the Steelbacks, covering the whole of the T20 Blast, is a big bonus. The big-hitting Irish opener will be key at the top of the order.

Northamptonshire Steelbacks Team Squad

Richard Levi, Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Paul Stirling, Gareth Berg, Tom Sole, Saif Zaib, Joshua Cobb (Captain), Adam Rossington(wk), Ricardo Vasconcelos(wk), Nathan Buck, Brandon Glover, Blessing Muzarabani, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White

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Northamptonshire Steelbacks Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Northamptonshire Steelbacks are outsiders despite some smart investment. They are 26.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast with Bet365.

Somerset missed out on a place in the knock-out stages last season and a number of their players have now moved on. They still have some notable T20 players available, however, and much will depend on how many games they have Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton for. If both stay with the England squad, they will be big losses.

Somerset Team Key Players

Roelof van der Merwe – The experienced former South African now Dutch international is capable of wickets as well as some big-hitting with the bat too.

Somerset Team Squad

James Hildreth, Edward Byrom, George Bartlett, Tom Lammonby, Steven Davies(w), Tom Abell(c), Ben Green, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Max Waller, Josh Davey, Ollie Sale

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Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Somerset are among the favourites at 10.00 with Bet365 to win the 2020 T20 Blast.

Enjoyed success more recently, winning the tournament in 2018 and then finishing runners-up after a thrilling two matches on Finals Day last season. Moeen Ali’s extended availability was a big boost last season, but the opposite may be the case this season due to England commitments.

Worcestershire Rapids Team Key Players

Riki Wessels – A vastly experienced T20 player, he was once again among the Rapids’ top batsmen last season and he has more than 5,000 T20 runs with a strike rate of 136.72.

Worcestershire Rapids Team Squad

Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Daryl Mitchell, Brett DOliveira, Ross Whiteley, Riki Wessels(wk), Ben Cox(wk), Ed Barnard(C), Charlie Morris, Josh Tongue, Dillon Pennington, Adam Finch

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Worcestershire Rapids Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

The Rapids have reached the final in each of the last two seasons, but are 13.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast

Southern Group

The defending champions are looking to become the first team to win the T20 Blast in consecutive seasons after superb 2019, and a thrilling win in the final of this competition. Ravi Bopara has since left, but Simon Harmer remains in charge of the Essex T20 team.

Essex Eagles Team Key Players

Simon Harmer – the captain took seven wickets on Finals Day last season to bowl Essex to victory. He took 17 wickets in the tournament in total.

Essex Eagles Team Squad

Varun Chopra, Daniel Lawrence, Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Porter, Matthew Quinn, Michael-Kyle Pepper(wk), Adam Wheater(wk), Simon Harmer (C), Ben Allison, Aaron Beard, Samuel Cook, Aron Nijjar, Jack Plom, Shane Snater, Paul Walter

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Essex Eagles Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

No team has ever won back-to-back T20 Blast titles but Essex Eagles are among the faovurites to win at 9.00 with Bet365

Despite missing out on the play-offs last season and being without Kyle Abbott for this year’s campaign, Hampshire are a relatively short price for the 2020 T20 Blast. Much will depend on player availability with the likes of James Vince and Liam Dawson looking likely to be available.

Hampshire Team Key Players

Liam Dawson – Cannot seem to force his way into the England team despite multiple squad places but England’s loss could be Hampshire’s gain. The spin-bowling all-rounder is capable of big moments with bat and ball.

Hampshire Team Squad

Sam Northeast(C), George Munsey, Joe Weatherley, Felix Organ, Scott Currie, Ian Holland, Tom Alsop(wk), Lewis McManus(wk), James Fuller, Ryan Stevenson, Bradley Wheal, Ajeet Dale, Mason Crane, Chris Wood

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Hampshire Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Hampshire might have their fringe England players available, and can be  backed at 11.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast with Bet365 as a result

Missed out on a place in the quarter-finals last season despite winning more group games than Essex, who went on to win overall. They could be hampered by England’s squad selection, however, with both Joe Denly and Sam Billings currently set to be away on international duty.

Kent Spitfires Team Key Players

Daniel Bell-Drummond – Never truly lived up to expectations of him at a young age but the now 27-year-old is still a huge-hitting batsman. He has a strike rate of 131.75.

Kent Spitfires Team Squad

Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Alex Blake, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox(wk), Oliver Robinson(wk), Calum Haggett, Matt Milnes, Marcus ORiordan, Imran Qayyum, Grant Stewart

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Kent Spitfires Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Kent are 15.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast with Bet365. Their England players could be big misses.

Quarter-finalists last year, Middlesex’s incredible top order has now been broken up. Paul Stirling has to register as an overseas player now, so the big-hitting Irishman departed alongside former T20 captain Dawid Malan. Last season’s overseas star AB de Villiers is also gone. Eoin Morgan remains, but his (lack of ) availability will be an issue too.

Middlesex Team Key Players

Toby Roland-Jones – The paceman, alongside Steven Finn, took 19 wickets last season and co-leads the pace attack again this time around.

Middlesex Team Squad

Nick Gubbins, Dan Lincoln, Nathan Sowter, Martin Andersson, Max Holden, Luke Hollman, Joe Cracknell(wk), Jack Davies(wk), Stephen Eskinazi(wk), John Simpson(wk), Steven Finn(C), Miguel Cummins, James Harris, Tom Helm

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Middlesex Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Middlesex are 11.00 to win the 2020 T20 Blast, despite the loss of some key players.

So good in the early years of this tournament, Surrey’s star has faded in the last couple of seasons. They had made some smart signings for 2020 but Reece Topley’s England commitments and Hashim Amla’s visa and flight issues – which Alec Stewart is still trying to solve – could hamper them. If Jason Roy and Tom Curran also end up unavailable, it further diminishes Surrey’s star quality for 2020.

Surrey Team Key Players

Sam Curran – As it stands, England’s younger Curran brother is set to be available for the full competition and will want to prove he can take his form into the shorter format.

Surrey Team Squad

Rory Burns(w), Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes, Jamie Smith, Will Jacks, Ryan Patel, Gareth Batty(c), Scott Borthwick, Matt Dunn, Amar Virdi, James Taylor, Gus Atkinson, Daniel Moriarty

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Surrey Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Surrey are 12.00 with Bet365 to win the 2020 T20 Blast

The top team in the South Division last season, only to slip up in the quarter-final against Worcestershire Rapids – the same team that beat them in the 2018 Final. Their winter recruits include Ravi Bopara – so key for last year’s winners Essex – and the former England international joins a squad packed with T20 talent. Chris Jordan is currently set to be unavailable, however.

Sussex Sharks Team Key Players

Luke Wright – The experienced batting all-rounder and Sussex T20 captain has been in excellent batting form in this tournament and elsewhere recently. If he can hit the ground running, there could be more big scores at the top of the order. He has a strike rate f 143.04 in T20 cricket.

Sussex Sharks Team Squad

Philip Salt, Ben Brown(w), Luke Wright(c), Harry Finch, Ollie Robinson, Ravi Bopara, Delray Rawlins, Aaron Thomason, George Garton, Tymal Mills, Danny Briggs, Mitchell Claydon, Stuart Meaker, Will Beer

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Sussex Sharks Vitality T20 Blast 2020 odds

Sussex Sharks are 10.00 with Bet365 to win the T20 Blast, putting them firmly among the favourites.

Vitality T20 Blast 2020 Group Stage Prediction

Vitality T20 Blast Northern Group Prediction

  • Nottinghamshire
  • Lancashire
  • Yorkshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Durham

Vitality T20 Blast Central Group Prediction

  • Birmingham Bears
  • Somerset Sabres
  • Worcestershire Rapids
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks
  • Gloucestershire
  • Glamorgan

Vitality T20 Blast Southern Group Prediction

  • Sussex Sharks
  • Essex Eagles
  • Hampshire
  • Middlesex
  • Surrey
  • Kent Spitfires

Vitality T20 Blast 2020 Playoff Prediction

The odds suggest Essex Eagles’ victory could turn the tide back in favour of the southern clubs this season, with Essex, Sussex, Hampshire and Middlesex all among the well-priced teams.

International call-ups could have more of an impact than normal, but the stand-out teams remain among the ones to watch.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Lancashire Lightning are among the tournament’s top teams historically, while Sussex Sharks have found some form in recent years too. Lancashire may be hit by players being unavailable, however. That leaves Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Sussex Sharks among the favourites to reach finals day, while Essex Eagles impressed last season. Hampshire could benefit from having their top players available, should they get through a tough southern group.

From the central group, Somerset are the shortest-priced team to win overall but they have made several squad changes. Worcestershire Rapids have showed never to write them off, while Birmingham Bears could be a dark horse too.

Vitality T20 Blast 2020 Final Prediction

Back Sussex Sharks to beat Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the 2020 T20 Blast Final.

About Vitality T20 Blast

English county cricket’s T20 Blast returns for an 18th year but in a very different format for a very different season.

Essex Eagles go into the tournament as defending champions after beating 2018 champions Worcestershire Rapids in last season’s final.

The Eagles will be looking to create history – none of the tournament’s previous winners have ever defended their title.

First contested in 2003, the tournament reverts to its original format of three geographical groups of six teams for this year’s edition.

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.

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, Lancashire in 2015 and Leicestershire in 2004, 2006 and 2011. The Outlaws and Derbyshire Falcons were beaten in last season’s semi-finals.

Lancashire have the best record in the competition’s history, despite only lifting the title once, with 112 wins in their history and a win percentage of 60.84% - narrowly better than the Outlaws’ 60.32%.

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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