Nottinghamshire And Kent Tipped To Shine In The 2017 Royal London One Day Cup

The group stages of the 2017 Royal London One Day Cup start on Sky Sports this Thursday and we are backing Nottinghamshire and Kent to prosper in a tournament that involves a slightly different format this year...

  • The group stage, which runs until the end of May, consists of two groups (North and South) of nine teams
  • The group winners progress to the semi-finals, which take place in June
  • The 2nd and 3rd placed teams from each group contest quarter-finals, with the winners moving on to the semi's
  • The final is on 1st July at Lord's

27th April - 1st July OddsWon/LostBet
2017 Royal London One Day Cup    
Tips Nottinghamshire (each way)    Best Bet @ 12 / 1  
Kent (each way) @ 20 / 1  
Riki Wessels top batsman (each way) @ 20 / 1  

North Group

The change in structure this year is to allow England's players a chance to hone their skills in the 50-over format ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, which runs from 1st to 18th June.

Yorkshire boast a couple of players who will be key to England's hopes this summer as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will come to the fore but we fancy the White Rose county are a touch short as 7/1 favourites (PaddyPower.com) for the Royal One Day Cup.

They have made a sluggish start to the County Championship and a team that has crashed out at the semi-final stage of the 50-over tournament in 2015 and 2016 make little appeal at such a short price.

An ageing Warwickshire outfit are similarly skinny at 9/1, while Lancashire's priority is likely to be survival in the Championship and teams like Derbyshire, Worcestershire and Leicestershire have shown little to suggest that they can improve in this format.

Durham must overcome a points deduction, while Northamptonshire are a dangerous limited overs outfit so the 2013 and 2016 T20 Blast winners will rightly attract interest at 16/1, although we are going to side with Nottinghamshire (12/1 with Paddy Power) from the Northern section.

Alex Hales will be desperate to impress England's selectors so expect a bucket load of runs from him and he is one of numerous Nottinghamshire players that boast international pedigree, with Samit Patel, Michael Lumb, Stuart Broad, Chris Read and Jake Ball all offering class and experience.

Read actually retires at the end of this season and a Lord's finale would be a fitting way for him to end his career at Trent Bridge this year.

Top Batsman

It is Riki Wessels who could prove to be the ace in the pack for Notts though as he accumulated a career-best 202 not out in the County Championship last week. He is a proven performer in white ball cricket too as he scored 396 runs at an average of 44 in the 2015 Royal London Cup before trumping that with 453 runs at 64.71 in 2016.

The in-form Wessels will be our top batsman tip once the bookmakers have priced that particular market up.

South Group

Meanwhile, Surrey are 9/1 to win a tournament that they have finished runners up in during each of the past two editions and they have recruited well during the off-season but they must overcome the mental block that has crippled them on the big occasion in limited overs cricket.

Hampshire also made some canny signings as the Kolpak additions of Kyle Abbott and Rilee Roussouw are world class operators.

Hampshire (9/1) could go well this season but we think it is Kent who could prove to be the surprise package of the tournament and they are massively over-priced at 20/1 (Paddy Power bookmakers).

Kent have qualified for the knockout stages every year since the Royal London One Day Cup was introduced to replace the Yorkshire Bank 40 in 2014 and they boast an excellent blend of youth and experience. Several players are pushing for international honours, with Sam Northeast and Sam Billings offering serious runs at the top of the order, while Matt Coles was the leading wicket taker in the competition with 24 scalps last season.

Looking at the rest of the Southern group, Middlesex and Somerset will be bidding to transfer their fine County Championship form to the shorter format, while 2015 champions Gloucestershire, as well as Essex and Sussex, have hinted at potential in this tournament in the past, although Glamorgan are unlikely to pull up too many trees.

2017 Royal London One Day Cup Odds

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13/5 11/4 5/2 5/2 13/5 11/4 11/4 13/5 11/4
7/2 10/3 7/2 7/2 3 10/3 7/2 7/2 10/3
4 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 10/3 7/2 4 7/2
4 11/2 5 5 6 11/2 5 4 5
7 6 6 6 13/2 13/2 13/2 7 13/2
11/2 6 6 6 15/2 13/2 13/2 11/2 6
- - - - - 50 - 500 -
- - - - - 16 - 500 -
- - - - - 33 - 500 -
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Posted: Monday, 24th April 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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