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<div><h2>Durham vs Birmingham Bears</h2><p><strong>Tuesday 27 August 2019 at Riverside</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/cricket-vitality-blast-2019-betting-complete-guide/90331/" rel="nofollow">Durham’s hopes of a knockout spot</a> are beginning to slip away after they suffered a costly defeat by Yorkshire at home. They will be grateful, however, that no-hopers Birmingham are in town with a victory badly needed.</p><p>The hosts have four wins from their completed ten matches and are going to have start putting results back-to-back if they are to make up a four-point gap. Birmingham are bottom of the pile with three wins from ten.</p><p>Despite the formbook not being grizzly to the Bears, they are gaining support for this match and their price of 2.5 (6/4) is proving popular with Betfred. It might not last much longer. Why the gamble on the Bears? There are major concerns about Durham’s batting.</p><p>Against Yorkshire they really should have got up in the chase. Their bowling unit had the game won at half-time with only 147 required for victory. They fell 14 runs short after a horrific collapse. They had been 106 for two.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>We could dismiss such an abject effort as a one off. The problem with Durham is that it’s not the first time. They were miniscule in-running for that game, just as they were when chasing 118 to beat Worcestershire in their previous match. They had been, take a big deep breath in, 70 for none. They lost by three runs. No wonder no-one wants to touch them at short prices before the off.</p><p>It seems they are two reliant on D’Arcy Short and Scott Steel in the opening berths. As soon as they are separated, everyone else panics. That does gives us an edge, though, surely on the top-bat markets for Durham. They have little to beat.</p><p>Short gets a 3.0 (2/1) quote from Betfair, Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill. Steel is 5.0 (4/1) with Betfair and Paddy Power. Despite the skinny odds, we’ll plump for Short. He has been more consistent over a number of years – true, Steel is finding his way – but he cops at more than 37 per cent of the time in franchise cricket and that’s extraordinary.</p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back D’Arcy Short top Durham bat 3.0 Betfair</strong></em></a></p></div>