After a scorching summer, the British Isles may well have a more Autumnal feel but there is still time for English cricket’s showpiece one-day final at Lord’s.
Glamorgan, who have never won a major final at Lord’s in three attempts, are the underdogs in the match betting and can be backed at 15/8 to lift the YB40 trophy against a stellar Notts side which features England’s Ashes winners Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.
The appearance of two of the country’s premier bowlers is a huge boost for Mick Newell’s side, who are 2/5 for victory, but in Jim Allenby and Michael Hogan the Welsh Dragons posses two of the competitions best performers with bat and ball.
Hogan is the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 26 wickets to his name and importantly, the Australian has proved he can perform when it really counts by taking 4-51 in the semi-final against Hampshire.
And despite his short price of 9/4 it is hard to consider anyone other than the 32-year-old to be Glamorgan’s top wicket taker.
But if Mathew Mott’s side are to really upset the apple cart at the Home of Cricket, it is Allenby who will need to deliver with the bat against a potent Outlaws attack.
The former Leicestershire star has been one of the key success stories in the daffodil county’s cup run, scoring 420 runs at an average of more than 40.
The Aussie all-rounder underlined his importance to the Welsh side with a match-winning 71 in the semi-final to book his side’s place in the final. Coming in at four in the batting order gives Allenby plenty of time to build an innings and a price of 4/1 to top score for Glamorgan here may be a bargain.
Elsewhere in the betting, Nottinghamshire have the ball striking ability at the top of the order to pile on plenty of runs early and win the highest score after 15 overs market.
In Alex Hales and Michael Lumb, Notts posses England’s Twenty20 opening pair and with that sort of firepower, backed up by James Taylor, Samit Patel and David Hussey, 2/5 at Ladbrokes could be a real banker.