Trade outsiders batting first
Gros Islet pitch flat for batters
Guyana a late runs play
St Lucia Kings v Guyana Amazon Warriors
Sunday 20 August, 00:00
TV: Live on TNTSports
St Lucia Kings v Guyana Amazon Warriors team news
Kings' defeat of Royals, making up for the loss to Jamaica in the tournament opener, was thanks to batting power. They posted 201. Faf Du Plessis, after a dreadful run, found form but there were contributions from all but one of the top seven. Matthew Forde then took three for 12.
Possible XI: Charles, Du Plessis, Desckarte, Williams, Raza, Chase, Primus, Forde, Pierre, Joseph, Sole
It would be a surprise if Rahmanullah Gurbaz was available for game one for Guyana with the Asia Cup starting in 11 days. If not, starlet Kevlon Anderson could get the chance to open.
Possible XI: Anderson, Hemraj, Hope, Azam, Hetmyer, Paul, Shepherd, Smith, Motie, Sinclair, Tahir
St Lucia Kings v Guyana Amazon Warriors pitch report
Eleven of the last 15 first-innings have busted 160 at the Darren Sammy Stadium. Nine have been won by the team batting first. The par lines have been cheap and they should really be in the late 160s, early 170s. Anything below 166.5 is a buy.
Do bear in mind, however, that Guyana are set up for a late charge. They could be slow with the possible front three. They're an in-play bet at big numbers to take 60-plus at the death.
St Lucia Kings v Guyana Amazon Warriors match odds
St Lucia Kings are looking very short indeed this early in the piece at 1.768/11. With Guyana expected to settle at at least 2.255/4 we'd be happy to get with them. We don't expect the odds to change much on the toss but will keep that caveat on side.
With the pitch so flat, Guyana can trade favourites batting first although they could well get chunkier with a ponderous start expected.
St Lucia Kings v Guyana Amazon Warriors player bets
Possible players to follow with the bat include Sikandar Raza for Kings at anything better than 8/18.80. For Guyana we're keen on that late assault. In-play, then, we could get double the starting prices on the likes of Azam Khan and Shimron Hetmyer. Check with Sportsbook.
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Royals
Sunday 20 August, 15:00
TV: Live on TNT Sports
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Royals team news
Tallawahs won the opener against Kings with a defence of 187. Brandon King brought his T20 international form with a fine half-century. We note keeper Amir Jangoo at No 4 for top-bat purposes. Keep an eye on his price. Imad Wasim is key and is not involved in the Asia Cup.
Probable XI: King, McKenzie, Brooks, Jangoo, Reifer, Allen, Wasim, Green, Amir, Gordon, Irshad
Franchise cricket can be harsh and you can see how easily it could go wrong for a decent team like the Royals. Having lost a key toss against Kings in the opener they suffered. Another flip loss here and they could be staring down the barrel at 0-2 and confidence is hit. Still, Rahkleem Cornwall's pathetic run out in that clash suggests they need to wake up.
Probable XI: Cornwall, Mayers, Greaves, Wickham, Powell, Holder, Ferreira, Young, Case, Bishop, McCoy
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Royals pitch report
As discussed in the pitch report above, this is a bat-big venue if you win the toss. A par line in the mid 160s is to be taken on for buyers.
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Royals match odds
Tallawahs are looking a bit short at 1.794/5 with Royals keen to bounce back. If the toss goes the way of the Royals they really should be capable of flipping the odds so they make favourite status. On flat pitches like this one, a simple back-to-lay trade on the outsiders batting first is a tried and tested strategy.
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Royals player bets
King and Kyle Mayers have been boosted to 11/43.70 and 10/34.33 respectively for top team bat for Tallawahs and Royals with Sportsbook. As we said, keep an eye on that price for Jangoo for Tallawahs. Anything bigger than 5/15.80 may be worth a play.
For Royals, we're very keen on hitter Donovan Ferreira but he might be an in-play option at twice the price. Justin Greaves is another price to look out for. Anything bigger than 4/14.80 is sound.