Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids: Vitality Blast 2019 Betting

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:43 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019 8:43 PM UTC

What are the hot tips and best match bets for the first match of the T20 tournament?

<div><h2>Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids</h2><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thursday 18 July 2019 at Trent Bridge Stadium</a></strong></p><p>The televised opener to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitality Blast</a> is a cracker. It pits the current favourites for the title against the holders. Nottinghamshire Outlaws are always pop-ular with punters because of their batting power while Worcestershire Rapids, despite the silverware, are under-rated because they are a small club.</p><p>That is pretty much all you need to understand when perus-ing the odds. The Outlaws are no better than 1.62 (8/13) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bet365</a> while the Rapids go off at a whopping 2.38 (11/8) with William Hill. It is child’s play to explain why the Rapids are the value: they have proved they are the best team in this format, Notts have not.</p><p><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:100%" /></a></p><p>It is arguable that Worcestershire have strengthened in the close season. They have added Riki Wessels, who has Big Bash experience with the Sydney Sixers, to the squad while South Africa all-rounder Wayne Parnell is another shrewd signing. It remains to be seen whether Moeen Ali and Martin Guptill, on opposing sides in that dramatic World Cup final, play in game one but it would be a surprise if they didn’t.</p><p>Most importantly, Worcestershire can still call on Pat Brown, last year’s top wicket-taker, and Callum Ferguson, the hard-hitting Aussie. Ferguson could be a steal at 4.5 (7.2) with Lad-brokes and Coral for top Worcestershire runscorer. Guptill is Ferguson’s greatest rival here on reputation but given the New Zealander’s loss of form in the World Cup and subsequent heartbreak, he could really struggle to get going.</p><p>By contrast, Notts might be weaker. Ish Sodhi, the Kiwi spin-ner, will not return. He was hugely influential in their 2017 title and without him a prone-to-be-profligate bowling attack could come under pressure. It is true they can call on pacers Harry Gurney and James Pattinson to do damage but their bowling depth just isn’t there. Alex Hales, sacked by England before the World Cup, has a point to prove and he will be well-backed at 3.75 (11/4) with Ladbrokes for top Notts runscorer honours.</p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Back Worcestershire Rapids 2.38 William Hill</strong></a></p></div>
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