Nottinghamshire and Lancashire jostle at the top

Second-placed Nottinghamshire look to strengthen their title credentials when they host fellow challengers Lancashire on Tuesday night, with net run rate the only difference between the two sides as they chase down North Group leaders Birmingham Bears (Match betting – Nottinghamshire 5/6, Lancashire 20/21).

Tim David’s half-century against Worcestershire Rapids on Sunday ensured Lancashire would take an unbeaten start into their match-up with the Outlaws, whose opening victory over the same opponent was tempered by Monday’s washout against Northants, which ended without a result.

The clash at Trent Bridge is one of four encounters taking place on Tuesday, with fourth-placed Yorkshire looking to ignite their season after a mixed start with a win over middling Derbyshire (Match betting – Yorkshire 4/9, Derbyshire 9/5).

The Vikings have won, lost and tied their three T20 Blast matches up to this point, with their visitors on one win and one loss after two outings.

Yorkshire have also struggled for form of late, with July 9th’s emphatic ten-wicket Headingley loss at the hands of Notts setting off a run of three consecutive defeats.

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In South Group action, bottom-of-the-table Hampshire vie for a first win of the season on their trip to Essex, who have fared slightly better with a win and a loss for their troubles so far (Match betting – Essex EVS, Hampshire 4/5).

The jaunt to Chelmsford is the Hawks’ second match in two days; outdone by team-to-beat Somerset with 25 balls to spare on Monday evening – following on from Friday’s defeat to Middlesex by ten wickets – James Vince and Ben McDermott will be hoping the Cloud County Ground’s short boundaries might bring them good fortune with the bat.

Meanwhile, the Oval plays host to Surrey’s second match of the campaign; they look to back up Friday’s tight win over Glamorgan with a positive performance against Gloucestershire, who pip them into fourth place on net run rate (Match betting – Surrey 8/15, Gloucestershire 6/4).

Surrey will aim to avoid a repeat of the early troubles they found themselves mired in last week, falling to 23/2 before Ollie Pope’s 62 and a 36 from Sam Curran hauled them over the finish line.

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