What are the hot tips and best match bets for the first quarter-final in the T20 tournament?
<div><h2>Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles</h2><p><strong>Wednesday 4 September 2019 at Riverside</strong></p><p>We’re on the edge of our seats for the first last-eight contest of this season’s Blast. It’s a cracking game in prospect but, chiefly, because our tip for glory faces a tricky encounter against a surprise package – <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/cricket-vitality-blast-2019-betting-complete-guide/90331/" rel="nofollow">the Essex Eagles</a>.</p><p>Lancashire’s dominance in the North Group – they finished top of the pile – was all for nothing if the aim is a home draw. They may as well have finished fourth. This will be played at the home of Durham with Old Trafford in use for the fourth Ashes Test. This could unsettle Lancashire because they won’t know the pitch or conditions as well, even if they have had the pick of three international-class wickets.</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>At least Lancashire won on their visit earlier this season. They gave Durham a lesson, winning by five wickets after restricting them to 139. Matt Parkinson and Liam Livingstone, both spinners, took six wickets between them. The Lightning will consider tweak as their greatest weapon again.</p><p>It’s a bit of a wonder as to what Essex are doing in the knockouts. They only won five matches. And since the tournament revamp no team has ever made it this far with such a record. They’re not exactly a happy camp, either, with Ravi Bopara in a funk about batting at No 6 and the coaches admitting players have not adapted or “bought in” to what they’re trying to achieve.</p><p>The 1.67 (4/6) with William Hill and Unibet about Lancashire, therefore, looks a bet. The fact that Mohammad Amir, Essex’s potent pacer, is away on international duty is enough to mean that we double our stakes for this one. It is true that 1.67 is skinny but we thought the ‘hosts’ would be a little shorter.</p><p>For a top runscorer bet, Dan Lawrence could fit the bill. He has an excellent record against spin. He’s likely to face a lot of it. The 5.5 (9/2) offered by Betfair, Paddy Power and Unibet is mighty indeed considering a hit rate of 28 per cent last year.</p><h2>Best Bets</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Lancashire 1.67 William Hill</strong></em></a></p><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 Lawrence top Essex bat 5.5 Betfair</strong></em></a></p></div>