NatWest T20 Blast betting tips: Sussex v Middlesex preview and more

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Middlesex are back in front of the TV cameras on Friday and Ian Ogg has picked out his best bets on the NatWest T20 Blast coupon.

Recommended bets: T20 Blast

1pt Middlesex to score the most sixes v Sussex at 4/5

1pt win treble Glamorgan, Leicestershire, Yorkshire at 4.54/1

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Sussex v Middlesex – 1900 BST, Sky Sports Cricket

The bottom two sides (at the time of writing) face off in front of the television cameras at Hove where the hosts tied a rain-affected thriller against Kent on Sunday.

Middlesex were due to be in action on Thursday night against Essex as they look to bounce back from a five wicket defeat to Somerset, despite Eoin Morgan's 59 off 28 balls, their fourth of the season from seven outings.

Sussex have lost just twice in their six games but have suffered at the hands of the weather with two 'no results' as well as their latest rain affected contest. Their NatWest T20 Blast campaign has yet to get up and running, a little like that of their stalwart Luke Wright who hasn't reached double figures since scoring 101 and 50 in his first two knocks.  

A return to form for Wright would clearly be a tonic for the Sharks and the same would be true of Brendon McCullum for Middlesex. The Kiwi has only played one innings of note so far for a side which looks strong on paper but has underperformed. 

Despite that, Middlesex edge favouritism and their fortunes in this format could obviously turn around quickly with the fine margins involved. They are a best of 9/10 to take the points but slightly shorter at a general 4/5 to score the most sixes and deservedly so.

Middlesex's batsmen have put the opposition bowlers over the ropes on 60 occasions in seven games with Sussex doing so just 34 times (from six games) suggesting that they should be much shorter in the market than they actually are.

Best of the rest

Warwickshire enjoyed a welcome victory against Leicestershire at the weekend but could struggle against table-topping Yorkshire despite enjoying home advantage.

The Tykes ran out convincing winners in the reverse fixture and should have too much strength for the Birmingham outfit whose season has spluttered along in fits and starts.

Yorkshire are understandably odds-on but can justify those odds.

Leicestershire have lost their last two games and were disappointing against Warwickshire but they were unfortunate to lose to Northants on the Duckworth Lewis method prior to that. They are a short price to beat Durham but the visitors have been abject so far, losing every game, and the East Midlanders can get their campaign back on track.

It's tempting to take on Surrey at Glamorgan with the Welsh side ahead of their opponents at the top of the table on run rate yet readily available at odds against. The two sides should surely be much closer together in the market and in David Miller, Glamorgan have secured the services of one of this format's leading players.

Along with compatriots Jacques Rudolph, Marchant De Lange and Colin Ingram -as well as veteran Australian Michael Hogan - he provides a wealth of experience and quality for Glamorgan and they could upset their more high-profile visitors.

Surrey are, of course, packed with quality themselves but have lost twice already this season (to Middlesex and Kent) while two of their four victories have come by margins of just two runs and four runs.

As has been mentioned on these pages before, they are under-priced and on this occasion are worth opposing with a Glamorgan side the layers look to have underestimated.

Posted at 1430 BST on 27/07/2017

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