The Vitality T20 Blast is in full swing, with scorching temperatures, and packed grounds all across the country.
While talk of a potential new 100-ball tournament is dominating the cricket conversation, the Blast is fighting back in timely fashion, with a sparkling start to the 2018 campaign.
Our cricket betting expert has taken a look at the best bets from this week’s games.
Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning
Last year’s champions play host to the side that currently sit top of the North Group, as the Notts Outlaws take on Lancashire Lightning on Friday night.
Lancashire moved to the top of the table after a thrilling final ball victory over Yorkshire in the Roses match last week, with captain Liam Livingstone playing a crucial hand with an electric 79.
This is a Lancs side with big hitting throughout, and despite an onslaught by Joe Root, were able to get over the line.
They are 10/11 to win this one.
The Outlaws have stuttered a little since winning the trophy last year, winning three and losing three so far.
They too have the ability to hit the ball a long way, as shown by their own skipper, Dan Christian, blazing one of the fastest hundreds of all time against Northamptonshire off just 37 balls.
Notts were put to the sword by Ian Bell on Friday, however, and need to bounce back quickly if they are to put themselves in contention to get out of a strong group.
The Outlaws are 10/11 to beat Lancashire.
Momentum is everything in T20, and that thrilling win against Yorkshire has given Lancashire plenty of it.
They are the form team in this competition, and I will be backing them to do the job once again here.
Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks
Over in the south group, Canterbury plays host to two of the most exciting teams around.
Kent Spitfires have got off to a flyer, sitting level with Gloucestershire at the head of the division, thanks in part to captain Joe Denly – who picked up a century and a hat-trick against Surrey.
His men are 19/20 to prevail over Sussex.
Denly and Kent face a Sussex side packed with talent – especially Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan.
The 19-year-old has wowed the world with successful stints in the IPL and BBL, and he has appeared for his first spell in county cricket this season.
He has been solid, if not spectacular, so far, but could be due to turn on the magic soon.
Sussex are 8/11 to grab the win here.
I like the look of Sussex, who have Jofra Archer to add to Khan in their attack.
I suggest backing them in the crunch South Group game.
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