Lees-y does it in Roses clash

  • By: Dave Tickner
  • Last Updated: June 26 2014, 17:50 BST

Our tipster Dave Tickner is backing Alex Lees to shine in front of the TV cameras in Friday night's NatWest T20 Blast action.

Alex Lees: Can lead the way for Yorkshire
Alex Lees: Can lead the way for Yorkshire

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:

Yorkshire v Lancashire, Sky Sports 2, 1730 BST

They may have struggled to shift tickets for what turned out to be a quite brilliant Test match between England and Sri Lanka, but Yorkshire have had no such problems here. The 'sold out' signs are out already ahead of the T20 Blast clash with Roses rivals Lancashire.

This match marks the start of a make-or-break week for Yorkshire in the competition. They're currently placed handily after winning three out of five; but where they sit after a run of five games in eight days will be more telling.

Sadly, Yorkshire's England trio of Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett are unavailable, while Jack Brooks is rested, but such is the depth of their squad right now there is still plenty of quality at their disposal.

That said, should they really be 8/11 pokes against a side that has won six of eight to sit top of the table alongside Worcestershire?

Yes, Yorkshire won the reverse fixture at Old Trafford but it was desperately close and this looks another pick 'em to us. If you're having a bet on the result, Lancashire have to be the call at a best of 6/5.

The best bet, though, may be Alex Lees to be top Yorkshire batsman at 9/2. He bats three in the T20 side and his formline in the shortest game reads 35, 36, 61no. That's solid work in such a volatile format, and 9/2 is surely too big even allowing for the imposing presence of Aaron Finch at the head of the market.

Best of the rest

Worcestershire's superb run in this competition - they've now won their last six in a row - continues to go largely unnoticed by the layers, with odds-against quotes available for their home clash with Notts looking generous.

In the south division, pace-setters Hampshire (10/11) and Essex (9/10) - the sides who landed profits for us in a double last week - also look decent value at Surrey and Somerset respectively.

  • Posted at 1730 BST on 26/06/2014.