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Cricket: Vitality Blast Preview & Betting Tips for Thursday 23rd June

It’s crunch time in the Blast as teams chase quarter-final qualification


Vitality Blast

North and South Group

Thursday June 23, 2022, 5.30pm-7.05pm

The majority of teams have only three or four group fixtures remaining as they pursue top-four finishes in their respective groups for a last-eight berth next month.

And, therefore, this round of fixtures will be crucial for a number of the 12 in action across six fixtures on the night.

Unbeaten Surrey are already qualified having won nine of their 10 games so far added to a rained-off No Result. And they face a Sussex side who are languishing having won only three of 10, losing seven.

One of the pre-tournament, Sussex are on a five-game losing streak and even four wins on the spin from here would unlikely see them advance out of the South.

I actually have a hunch for hosts Sussex here, who are a best price of 13/10 with bet365 to win this fixture at Hove (7pm).

Clearly, there aren’t many statistics I can give to convince you to part with your money, but I’d be very surprised if Surrey go through a whole campaign unbeaten.

And I do think Sussex are a better side than results suggest, with players such as Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Tymal Mills and Rashid Khan in their ranks.

Surrey nearly lost their unbeaten record in a thriller against Somerset at the Oval on Tuesday, needing four off the last ball from tail-ender Conor McKerr to win. And they have lost injured overseas all-rounder Kieron Pollard for the rest of the tournament.

Am I mad? Let’s see.

Stanley Park runs look low

Bet365 are offering 5/6 on over or under 326.5 runs in the match between Lancashire and Durham at Blackpool (5.30pm). I would definitely be going over that mark.

On Sunday, Lancashire beat Nottinghamshire at the same venue, chasing 180 for the loss of four wickets with 10 balls to spare, indicating that a score of 200 was par.

Pitch conditions may be a touch slower for this fixture, but I would still expect 327 runs to be scored between both teams.

Our Tip

Lancashire v Durham

The run-line looks too low in Blackpool

At 5/6 a £10 bet would return £18.33

Lancashire v Durham

June 23, 2022

5:30 pm BST

Sussex not the only outsiders who look good value

Hampshire are a best-priced 27/20 with Unibet to beat Somerset at Taunton (7.05pm) in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and I’m going to show faith with a team who I tipped for the title pre-tournament.

They have won four of their last five games, losing only to South Group leaders Surrey last time out.

Somerset have had a good campaign and are on a roll, winning seven of 10 games so far to sit second in the South Group. They are all but qualified, despite losing at Surrey on Tuesday.

However, I like in-form Hampshire and think they can gain revenge for the late May defeat at the Ageas Bowl in a game they need to win in order to jump into the top four.

Our Tip

Hampshire to beat Somerset

Hampshire look good value to edge out Somerset

At 27/20 a £10 bet would return £23.50

Somerset v Hampshire

June 23, 2022

7:05 pm BST

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.