T20 Blast Betting: Durham still underrated despite fast start

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 4:53 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018 4:53 PM UTC

Unfancied county stealing limelight while Gloucestershire could get better.

<p>After a frenetic start in the England domestic T20 tournament there is some downtime for punters to asses the outright market. And the good news is that there is still some stonking value to be gobbled up.</p><p>Indeed, it is something of a surprise to see some of the prices available given the form of the fancies. Sussex, for example, still head the betting despite South Group proving to be hugely competitive.</p><p>Sussex have won three of their four games but they have been put in the shade by the likes of Kent and Gloucestershire, who caught the layers napping. It is true they only have three wins themselves but they weren’t exactly fashionable in the market.</p><p>Kent are still available at decent numbers. <a href="https://www.bookmakersreview.com/ladbrokes/review/">Ladbrokes </a>and <a href="https://www.bookmakersreview.com/william-hill/review/">William Hill</a> go 9/1. They have shown they have a strong batting line-up with contributors all the way down. Sam Billings, Heino Kuhn, Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond are all scoring well.</p><p>And the bowlers are hunting in a pack, too, notably Denly and Carlos Brathwaite who is having an excellent stint.</p><p>Gloucestershire will be a big price until they’re just about the qualify for the final it seems given how often they go under the radar. They are a point bigger with the two firms above.</p><p>Their two star names – AJ Tye and Michael Klinger – have both have had quiet starts but it won’t be long before these two stellar Aussies surely hit their straps.</p><p>The biggest shock in the market is Durham, who we talked up after the signature of mystery spinner, Imran Tahir, was confirmed. They are second in North Group and should be shorter than the 18/1 on offer <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146&amp;f=2">from William Hill</a>.</p><p>Durham have four wins in six in a section which the well-backed Birmingham Bears and Yorkshire Vikings outfits have disappointed. Between them they have only five wins.</p><p>As we said in our earlier analysis, just one international player of quality can make all the difference at this level and Tahir has sprinkled his stardust. He already has ten wickets and an economy rate of just 6.7. Tom Latham, the Kiwi overseas who is leading, is also having a terrific campaign with the bat.</p><p>Together they are giving a young group confidence, although it has to be said that the influence of wise old sage Paul Collingwood is spectacular. He is among the runs and the wickets while the nous he provides in terms of tactics is unrivalled. They could well go all the way.</p>
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