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Vitality Blast QF: Birmingham Bears v Hampshire Hawks Betting Tips & Preview

This blockbuster tie looks the pick of the quarter-finals


Birmingham Bears v Hampshire Hawks

Vitality Blast, Quarter-Final

Thursday July 7, 2022, 6.30pm

Edgbaston

If we are to keep alive hopes of a pre-tournament preview full house, then we could do with Hampshire winning this one.

Before a ball was bowled, I suggested Birmingham would win the North Group (7/1), and they did. I also pumped up Hampshire’s tyres as tournament winners (14/1).

One down, one to go, hey! If only it were that simple.

I’m struggling to split these two if I’m honest. I could make a strong case for both sides to win. The Bears are a best price of 4/5 and the Hawks at 11/10.

Instead of looking at the result, I will look elsewhere for value. And I think I’ve found it.

Stirling work, you might say!

Betfair #OddsOnThat selection for runs looks appealing

Betfair have priced up a combination bet of 340 plus match runs, a total of 12 plus sixes hit and a combined six-over powerplay score of 100 runs between the two teams. For that, they are offering 11/4.

That, to me, looks a distinct possibility.

Birmingham have posted 200 plus totals on seven occasions in 14 games, while Hampshire have won nine of their last 10 games with a number of big totals included.

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Birmingham v Hampshire T20 Quarter Final

Betfair OddsOnThat wager looks to be good value

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At 11/4 a £10 bet would return £37.50

Vitality Blast Quarter Final

July 07, 2022

6:30 pm BST

Bet boosts on openers in high-scoring game

Hampshire skipper James Vince is the leading run-scorer in the Blast with 622 runs in 13 matches, including two hundreds and three further half-centuries.

He is a seasoned T20 performer and a serial winner in this format. Just ask Sydney Sixers fans.

Ladbrokes have boosted him from 7/4 to an attractive 5/2 to score a fifty in this match.

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Birmingham v Hampshire T20 Quarter Final

James Vince fancied to score big once again

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At 5/2 a £10 bet would return £35

Vitality Blast Quarter Final

July 07, 2022

6:30 pm BST

Paul Stirling has been more miss than hit during his spell as Birmingham’s opener.

On debut, he hit 119 and in the penultimate North Group game, he walloped 81. But there was not much in between.

Having said that, he is looking like form may be on its way, which is why bet365′s boosted price of 4/1 on him to be Birmingham’s top bat is something I very much like the look of.

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Birmingham v Hampshire T20 Quarter Final

Stirling fancied to come good again

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At 4/1 a £10 bet would return £50

Vitality Blast Quarter Final

July 07, 2022

6:30 pm BST

In his last three innings, including one for Ireland against India, he has posted scores of 40, 81 and 12.

When the experienced opener gets going, he is as destructive as anyone and could win this bet in a flash even with the quality elsewhere in the home side’s batting line-up.

Graham Hardcastle

Graham Hardcastle

Graham Hardcastle is our resident cricket and tennis betting expert at Freebets