Put a Gloucs on Friday night

  • By: Dave Tickner
  • Last Updated: July 4 2014, 18:00 BST

Dave Tickner fancies Gloucester to get the better of Friday's live NatWest T20 Blast clash against Sussex.

Gloucestershire can win on Friday night
Gloucestershire can win on Friday night

With the T20 Blast now having a regular Friday slot in the cricket calendar, we'll be focusing on the shortest form of the game with our previews this season.

Towards the end of the week we'll look ahead to the Friday round of matches, which will usually include a televised fixture - one we'll take a close look at given the TV games are often seen as good punting material.

Here's our look at this Friday's action:

Gloucestershire v Sussex, Sky Sports 2, 1730 BST

The T20 Blast south division table has already split into three distinct sections. At the top sit Essex, Surrey and Hampshire. All three look shoo-ins for the quarter-finals, with those sides now seemingly fighting over the final order in the standings for an easier quarter-final.

At the bottom, in a league of their own, are Middlesex. They have been woeful, with their only win from 10 games coming in a home game at The Oval. It's been that kind of campaign.

In between lie five teams scrapping for the final top-four spot to reach the quarter-finals. And that includes the two teams involved in Friday's live Sky Sports clash at Bristol.

Gloucestershire have won three and lost four, with two no results (one, cruelly, against Middlesex), while Sussex have won four and lost five. The pair would be level on eight points had the Gladiators not been docked two points for a sub-standard pitch.

Sussex have the bigger names, but results this season suggest there is little if anything between these sides. Gloucestershire won at Hove earlier this season, squeezing home by four runs in a game that only further emphasises the evenly-matched nature of these sides.

Gloucestershire have home advantage here, and at odds against have to be the bet.

Best of the rest

The game of the night comes at Chelmsford, where two of that leading trio in the south division clash. Sky Bet go 10/11 each of two which looks fair enough. Pushed for a choice, Essex at home would be the call.

The other bet worth considering comes in Glamorgan v Somerset. Again, this pitches two of the 'mid-table' five against each other, and again the underdog is the one to back. Glamorgan have three wins and three defeats this season; Somerset three wins and five defeats. If there is a marginal favourite here, it should be Glamorgan.