In many ways the T20 Blast Finals Day is the most-awaited day of the summer for the English cricket fan. The County Championship doesn’t really have a huge one-off day unless it’s all to play for on the final day, whereas the Royal London On-Day final perhaps comes a little too early in the season. Obviously this year the World Cup final will be the day we all remember but that was a one-off. So all eyes on the T20 Blast Final’s Day. Here’s what you need to know ahead of it and the best T20 Blast tips.

Date: Saturday September 21 2019 starts 11:00am

TV Channel: Sky Sports Cricket

Ground: Edgbaston

Semi-Finals: Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Worcestershire Rapids followed by Derbyshire Falcons v Essex Eagles.

 

T20 Blast Finals Day Guide- Team by team

 

Nottinghamshire Outlaws

Outright Odds: 3.25 with Betway

 

 

Route to T20 Blast finals day: Finished second in the North Division and followed that up with a chase of 161 at Lord’s against Middlesex that in the end they won at a canter. The score by Middlesex looked a decent one at the halfway mark but Chris Nash and Alex Hales made a mockery of it, ending on unbeaten scores of 74 and 83 respectively.

Captain: Dan Christian has seen it all before. The former Australia all-rounder can still make massive contributions with both bat and ball and knows his Notts side well.

Key Player: Alex Hales will be the wicket they all want but Samit Patel may just be their most important player. Batting anywhere between 4 and 6 and bowling four tidy overs of spin that really doesn’t spin, his experience, calmness and nous will be vital. Which is appropriate, because this is the Vitality T20 Blast.

Verdict: Stronger in the batting department and lacking a world-class spinner who can turn the game but then again not everyone has one of those. If Stuart Broad is made available that would certainly boost their chances. Very tough game against Worcestershire first up but if they win that, it’s theirs to lose.

 

Worcestershire Rapids

Outright Odds: 3.5 with 10CRIC

 

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Route to T20 Blast Finals Day:  Finished fourth in the Northern Group, two points clear of Yorkshire. They lost their last match but knew they’d done enough already. Rather like Notts, they made light work of a tough-looking chase against Sussex in the quarter-finals thanks to an incredible 121 from skipper Moeen Ali batting at three. An excellent result given how strong Sussex normally are at home, though on the day the Sharks were admittedly without Rashid Khan.

Captain: England’s loss was Worcestershire’s gain. In normal circumstances Moeen Ali  wouldn’t have played many games at all due to Ashes commitments but after being dropped from the Test side having already been ignored for the latter part of their World Cup winning campaign, he gave his county a huge boost. Not only has he been a great skipper but he’s done the business with ball and particularly bat, with scores of 85 not out, 23, 51 and 121 not out.

Key Player: Ali could easily be the key player as well but it doesn’t make sense to have him in both slots so we’re going with Pat Brown, whose assortment of slower balls and other variations makes it hard for you to bat at the death against them, whoever you are.

Verdict: the defending champions will have learnt plenty about what it takes to win this competition after last year’s success.  Ali has installed a good team ethos but they look a little too reliant on him, Brown, Parnell and Wessels with others needing to step up. Very dangerous, nonetheless.

 

Derbyshire

Outright odds: 4.5 with Betfair Sportsbook

Route to T20 Blast finals day: Won three in a row to finish third in the Northern Group before beating a somewhat disappointing Gloucestershire side away from home pretty comfortably, relying on economical bowling to restrict the hosts to 135, which they chased with ease.

 

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Captain: Billy Goodleman has been around forever so should be used to big matches where a lot is at stake. Has been in decent form with the bat and his main task will be to make sure his inexperienced players won’t be overawed by the occasion.

Key player: Ravi Rampaul. It’s been four years since he last played a game for the Windies but aged 34, Rampaul’s still got it. The old head is vital in keeping…his head…when others are losing theirs.

Verdict: No star names but a side made in the mould of their coach Dominic Cork, so endless amounts of belief that no game is lost. Nothing to lose and a hell of a lot to gain.

 

Essex

Outright odds: 4.0 with Royal Panda 

Route to T20 Blast finals day: The most unexpected of runs saw them somehow qualify for the quarter-finals. They were pretty much dead and buried in the quarters away at Lancashire too until  DJ Vilas’ inexplicable decision to bowl Liam Livingstone in the penultimate over; Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate took him for 22 runs and the game was lost (or won if you’re Essex) there and then.

 

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Captain: Essex have gone down the same route as plenty of other counties in appointing an overseas player. Ok, Simon Harmer is officially a Kolpak player but you know what we mean. Doesn’t overcomplicate things.

Key man: Ravi Bopara made his feelings pretty clear about being a man with 158 limited-overs appearances for England under his belt having to bat at six but Essex stuck to their plan and his fast runs from that position under pressure are the sole reason why they’re at the T20 Blast Finals Day. Big role to play with the ball as well.

Verdict: Given they have the easiest semi-final on paper, they’re the bet. Well stocked in the spin department, have players who can take the pace off the ball in the middle-overs and bundles of experience in the engine room with ten Doeschate at five and Bopara at six.

 

T20 Finals Day Tip:

Recommended Bet: Back Essex @ 4.0

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