Vitality Blast T20 Predictions & Tips: Cricket Bet Of The Day

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Jason Roy - Surrey Vitality Blast T20

The Vitality Blast T20 tournament reaches the knockout stages this week with eight teams battling it out for the right to reach Finals Day, and's Cricket experts have chosen their best bets from the Vitality Blast. Take a look at these free cricket bets.

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Vitality Blast T20 Predictions & Tips: Sussex v Lancashire (Thursday 18:30 BST)

One of Sussex or Lancashire will go one better than last year when they meet in the Vitality Blast T20 quarter-finals on Thursday. Sussex were dumped out at this stage in 2019 when Worcestershire beat them by eight wickets, while Lancashire suffered a six-wicket loss at the hands of eventual winners Essex. This year, Sussex finished second in the South Group having won six of their 10 matches. Lancashire also finished second as they ended four points behind Nottinghamshire in the North Group with five wins and two no results. Sussex ended their group campaign with a four-wicket success away at Essex with opener Philip Salt top scoring with 42. Lancashire booked their place in the last eight when they defeated Yorkshire on September 17, but they come into this game on the back of successive defeats against Durham and Leicestershire. The Red Rose county will not look too deep into those defeats, they already knew they had qualified so the urgency wasn’t there like it was in previous matches. I’m backing Lancashire to advance to Finals Day on October 3. Alex Davies and Keaton Jennings are the dangermen for Lancashire with both men capable of batting through the full 20 overs. I’m backing Jennings to score the most runs in this one, while England bowler Saqib Mahmood will look to impress the selectors once again by taking the most wickets.

Vitality Blast T20 Predictions & Tips: Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire (Thursday 18:30 BST)

Gloucestershire failed to make it to Finals Day last season as they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Derbyshire, while Northamptonshire are in the last eight for the first time since they won the competition in 2016. This year, Gloucestershire topped the Central Group with a points tally of 15 thanks to seven wins from 10 matches. Northamptonshire finished runners-up to Gloucestershire in the Central Group as they won five matches and ended up four points behind. They have already played each other twice this season, their first meeting was washed out with a ball being bowled. Their second outing on September 11 saw Gloucestershire win by 35 runs. Northamptonshire opted to bowl first, and Gloucestershire reached 185-6 off 20 overs with Chris Dent top scoring with 50, while Ian Cockbain contributed with 40 from 24 balls. Graeme van Buuren was the pick of the bowlers for Gloucestershire as he produced figures of 3 for 15 off four overs. Cockbain has scored the most runs for Gloucestershire this season with 369, while Dent has also chipped in with 314. If these two are on form, then Gloucestershire have a great chance of winning this year’s tournament. I am backing them to win the game with Dent to once again score the most runs. Gloucestershire’s Tom Smith is the leading wicket taker in the competition with 14 wickets from 35 overs, so I am backing him to take the most scalps on the way to reaching Finals Day.

Vitality Blast T20 Predictions & Tips: Surrey v Kent (Thursday 18:30 BST)

Surrey go into Thursday’s quarter-final clash against Kent as the South Group winner and will be looking to advance to Finals Day. backed Surrey to win the Vitality Blast T20 before the tournament started and have managed to win seven of their 10 group matches. They go up against a familiar foe on Thursday as they take on Kent who finished third in the same group. Kent qualified as one of the two best third-placed teams and are the only team to beat Surrey this season. Kent won by five wickets on September 1 with Heino Kuhn top scoring with an unbeaten 42 from 31 deliveries as they chased down their target 162 with nine balls remaining. Surrey got a measure of revenge on September 20 as they claimed a six-wicket success. Surrey chose to bowl first and reduced Kent to 159-8 with Liam Plunkett producing figures of 3-19. In reply, Surrey knocked off their total with eight balls left as Jason Roy and Laurie Evans hit 72 and 73 respectively. Kent will be no pushover, openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Zak Crawley have been batting well all season. Bell-Drummond leads the way at the top of the standings with 420 runs, while Crawley has recorded 335 from his 10 innings. Surrey have a talented squad with Roy, Evans and Will Jacks capable of putting together huge totals. With ball in hand, they have a rejuvenated Reece Topley who is probably in the best form of his career, while Plunkett will always get you wickets at the death. This is a difficult one to predict, but I have to stay with my pre-tournament hunch and back Surrey to win this one. England batsman Roy will be looking to keep his eye in and I’m backing him to score the most runs, while Topley will be key with ball in hand and I expect him to take the most wickets.

Vitality Blast T20 Predictions & Tips: Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire (Thursday 18:30 BST)

Leicestershire secured an unlikely place in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast T20 as they beat Lancashire at Old Trafford to qualify as one of the second best third ranked teams. Leicestershire batted first in Manchester after winning the toss and made 154-5 with Arron Lilley and Nick Welch hit 49 and 43 respectively. That total didn’t look like being nearly enough as Lancashire raced to 112/1 with Alex Davies and Steven Croft in full control. The Red Rose county then crumbled to 114/5 with Colin Ackermann producing a triple-wicket over, while Dieter Klein removed Dane Vilas for a first ball duck. The 22-run win enabled Leicestershire to advance to the knockout stages where they will now face Nottinghamshire. Notts finished top of the North Group thanks to seven wins from 10 matches. These two have already met twice in the group stages, Nottinghamshire won the opening game by five wickets with Alex Hales top scoring with 44, while Leicestershire won their second encounter by four wickets after Nottinghamshire had already qualified. Leicestershire’s win over Lancashire to claim their spot in the last eight, but this is where their run ends. Notts will not collapse in the way Lancashire did. I’m backing Hales to bat through the full innings and top score for Notts, while Jake Ball will add to the 14 wickets he has already taken by being Notts’ leading wicket taker.