Yorkshire tied up in Notts
Dave Tickner previews the final night of group games in the NatWest T20 Blast and fancies a Notts win at Headingley.
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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 county 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, as the group stage reaches its conclusion:
A mouthwatering live Sky clash at Headingley, and there's plenty riding on it with the Vikings needing a victory to be sure of a quarter-final spot.
Notts have already qualified for the last eight and are the form team in the competition with six wins (including a 22-win success over Yorkshire) and two washouts in their last eight.
Yorkshire, meanwhile, have been more hit and miss. They've won three and lost three of their last eight (two NRs). When they get it right, they get it very right; two of those victories have been by 49 and 59 runs.
But they have lost games they would expect to win and are the side under pressure here.
There's no chance of Notts taking their foot off the gas - they'll want momentum for the knockouts and to finish as high up the table as possible. Victory for the visitors would guarantee a home quarter-final and, with both sides available at 10/11, the visitors' far superior current form means they have to be the pick.
Best of the rest
Worth considering what's at stake in Friday's games.
Plenty pit teams scrapping for a last-eight spot against those already eliminated and those who don't mind short prices should consider the likes of Glamorgan (4/6) v Gloucestershire, Somerset (4/7) v Middlesex, Warwickshire (4/9) v Leicestershire and Worcestershire (1/2) against Derbyshire either as singles or in multiples.
Glamorgan, Somerset, Warwickshire and Worcestershire all have something to play for and, by definition, have proved themselves superior to opponents whose motivation for the game simply won't be the same.