Who will win the 2019 Vitality Blast?
<div><p>In the era of Twenty20 franchise tournaments which are done and dusted in a matter of weeks, the English offering is the marathon to the sprint. The games are still frenetic but the tournament is long – we won’t know the winner until 21 September.</p><p>Fear not, though, about tying up your money for a while. We have a confident selection – Lancashire Lightning at 13.0 (12/1) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betfred">Betfred</a>, BetVictor, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Coral">Coral</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Unibet</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">William Hill</a>.</p><p>The Lightning are, admittedly, big fish in domestic cricket and ordinarily go off prohibitively short because of that fact. But we’re inclined to ignore that because the layers may have mis-judged the talent they boast.</p><p>The key is spin. Now, Sussex are rated skinny in the market because they boast the best T20 spinner in the world in Af-ghanistan’s Rashid Khan. Ladbrokes and William Hill rate them as the favourites because of this and only Bet365, who go 9.0 (8/1) push them out of the favourite position. Notting-hamshire, who can bat but struggle in the field, are at 8.0 (7/1) across the board.</p><p>As much as we rate Rashid, it is highly unlikely that the newly-named skipper of his country will be available for the knockout matches. Runners-up last year, Sussex missed him when it counted.</p><p>What’s Rashid got to do with Lancashire? Well, in Matt Par-kinson Lancashire have a spinner who could be as deadly. Parkinson was set for a big off-season in the franchise leagues before injury kept him under wraps. Had he been fit, we sus-pect his wicket-haul would have meant Lancashire going off a few ticks shorter.</p><p>Last summer, Parkinson was the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament in a strong Red Rose show. They made it to the semi-finals.</p><p>In Richard Gleeson, Lancashire have a pace expert while the batting looks supremely strong if Glenn Maxwell can live up to his nickname – The Big Show.</p><p>The holders, Worcestershire Rapids, should go well again but they have history weighing heavily on their shoulders. No team has defended the title. They are big, though, at 17.0 (Be-tway).</p><p>Three big-priced picks are Kent Spitfires at 19.0 (18/1) with Betway, Durham Jets at 26.0 (25/1) again with Betway and Glamorgan Dragons at 26.0 (25/1) with Unibet. Kent and Durham both made the last eight last year and could improve while Glamorgan are canny and have made a shrewd signing in Pakistan blaster Fakhar Zaman.</p><p><strong>Best Tips:</strong></p><ul> <li>Lancashire to win Vitality Blast 13.0</li></ul></div>