There's an action-packed Saturday of T20 to look forward to as Finals Day takes place at Edgbaston and Jamie Pacheco talks us through five good betting opportunities...
"So if the Warwickshire top-order fails, consider reaching for the back button in-play and siding with the Midlands side because this big-hitting Kiwi pair can quickly turn things round."
Natwest T20 Finals Day- Saturday September 2
Birmingham Bears v Glamorgan- Live on Sky Sports at 11:00
Hampshire v Nottinghamshire Live on Sky Sports at 14:30
T20 finals day is one of the highlights of the English cricket summer and arguably the flagship event of county cricket season with a packed Edgbaston, a party atmosphere, plenty of beer flowing in the stands and some serious prize money on offer. If you're a county pro rather than an international star, that win bonus for being part of the T20 Blast winning side isn't to be sniffed at.
For us sitting at home watching the action on TV, here are five things to look out for this Saturday.
Dawson and Afridi to get Hampshire off to a strong start
The last time Liam Dawson played for England, he took just one wicket and scored 18 runs as England lost the Second Test to South Africa earlier this summer. He may or may not get another chance. But his county certainly won't mind.
The Hampshire think-tank decided he should open the bowling and these are his figures when he's bowled the first over in each of their last five games: 5-0, 2-1, 1-1, 1-1, 6-1, the last one being the quarter-final against Derbyshire.
That same think-tank decided to pander to Shahid Afridi's request to bat higher up the order. The result when he was asked to open? 101 runs off 43 balls, including 16 runs off the first over.
Assuming these two carry on executing those roles, it might be first blood to Hampshire, as far as being better off in their respective first overs. You can get [2.2] on Hampshire having the Highest First Over score on Betfair Sportsbook.
Patel, the match-turner
Dawson may yet get another go for England but the ship has probably sailed for Samit Patel after being reprimanded more than once for his weight. In fairness to the England management, international cricket is a game of fine margins and being run out by six inches, or not getting to a catch quick enough because you didn't say no to pudding the previous week, could lose you a match.
Notts certainly don't care what their star all-rounder looks like. He's taken 15 wickets so far (only Jake Ball has taken more for his side, 18) and has the best economy rate of anyone at Notts, 6.98. Add to that 306 runs (fourth highest scorer for his side) and he's arguably their key man, as proved by his man-of-the-match display in the quarter-final.
You always get two bites of the cherry with Patel and odds of [10.0] look decent on him being MOM when they face Hampshire.
Ingram in the runs
Yet another example of a country's loss being a county's gain. At the start of the 2015 season, Colin Ingram turned his back on playing for South Africa to sign a long-term deal with Glamorgan.
He may only be the 11th highest runscorer in the competition but his 451 runs for his county are 73 more than anyone else in his team.
Batting at the crucial number three position, fresh from 70 not out in the quarter-final and with international experience in the bank, he looks the man to top score for his county against Warwickshire at [3.6].
Kiwi boys can ensure it's not over till it's over for Bears
Signing an overseas all-rounder is the oldest trick in the book as far as county cricket goes. If they're good enough, you get two players in one. And Warwickshire clearly thought: what the hell, we might as well sign two.
In Kiwi pair Grant Elliott and Colin de Grandhomme Warwickshire signed two wise old heads who can do the lot: bat, bowl, field. For good measure, Elliott is also the skipper.
Their bowling is useful enough - Elliott is the side's third-highest wicket-taker with 11 - but it's their middle-order batting that really justifies their paychecks. In the quarter-final against Surrey, chasing 204 and looking in trouble at 143-4 at the start of the 14th over, they brought the Bears home with Eliott (59) and de Grandhomme (39) both remaining unbeaten.
So if the Warwickshire top-order fails, consider reaching for the back button in-play and siding with the Midlands side because this big-hitting Kiwi pair can quickly turn things round.
Alternatively, you can get [6.0] on Elliott and [10.0] on de Grandhomme top-scoring against Glamorgan.
Spinners could prove the difference
Apparently the art of legspin bowling has been pretty much dead since Shane Warne swapped sledging, googlies and flippers for Poker chips, celebrity girlfriends and stints in the commentary box.
Or has it? In legspinners Shahid Afridi and Ish Sodhi, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire have their most potent bowling weapons and to that list of match-winning twirlers you can add off-spinners Samit Patel (Notts), Liam Dawson (Hampshire) and Jeevan Patel (Warwickshire).
Only Glamorgan seem to lack an international-class spinner.
On wearing pitches after a long old season at Edgbaston, they could be the ones making all the difference. Backing their side when they come onto bowl their spells in-play could be a smart trading strategy.