NORTH GROUP

Aigburth: Lancashire v Derbyshire.

Derbyshire are the surprise package of this tournament, top of the North group and unbeaten in the Bob, and have a good chance of making Lord’s on September 23 if they can beat Lancashire – who are out of the running.

Trent Bridge: Notts v Durham

Nothing but pride to play for at Trent Bridge, with both sides looking for their first Bob win of the tournament.

Headingley: Yorkshire v Leicestershire

Oh Yorkshire. In with a chance of qualifying if they beat Leicestershire, but now mired in accusations of institutional racism from Azeem Rafiq, whose tales from the Headingley dressing room were shocking. Some big names should be worried indeed.

CENTRAL GROUP

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Warwickshire

Ian Bell, Ian Bell, Ian Bell, Ian Bell. That’s it.

Bristol: Gloucester v Northants

Neither club can qualify for the final, but a chance for the youngsters on both teams to ensure they are kept on into next year.

Worcester: Worcester v Somerset

The top of the table clash, with only 6 points dividing the two teams. Winner takes all. Somerset are without Jamie Overton, who has joined Surrey, where he will play from 2021, on loan for the rest of the season.

SOUTH GROUP

The Oval: Surrey v Sussex

Fresh from a T20 win in the London derby, which means the match will start at noon, Surrey go into the last BOB of the season still looking for their first win. Their ridiculous injury list continues – missing Jade Dernbach (groin), Jordan Clark (foot and ankle), Rikki Clarke (hip), Nick Kimber (knee), Liam Plunkett (hamstring) – and the Curran brothers and Jason Roy remain with England. Jamie Overton is expected to play. Sussex are searching for their second win and are boosted by the return of David Wiese from South Africa, plus 16-year-old James Coles and 19-year-old Ali Orr. Mitch Claydon is suspended after allegations he used hand sanitiser on the ball in the match against Middlesex.

Chelmsford: Essex v Middlesex

Can anyone stop Essex? You wouldn’t bet against it, though they start the final round with the fewest points of any of the three group leaders.

Canterbury: Kent v Hampshire

In case you missed it, Darren Stevens has signed a one year extension to his contract – just the 20 wickets at 19 this season. Kent are without Sam Billings and Joe Denly but Zak Crawley returns from England duty. Kent have an outside chance of making the final if the results fall their way.

source: theguardian.com

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