Time: 1100, 01/07/2017
TV: Sky Sports 2
Surrey go into the Royal London One Day Cup final seeking to make it third time lucky after losing the last two deciders and a late injury blow to Jake Ball can help them overcome Nottinghamshire.
The England seamer has been ruled out with a knee strain and Outlaws coach Peter Moores said: “He’s given his all in this competition when he’s been available to us, so we’ll miss him for what will be a really tough game against Surrey.”
Small margins could decide this Lord’s clash and Surrey now stand out at 17/20 from the Royal London One Day Cup final odds.
A Look At Nottinghamshire’s Betting Odds
Nottinghamshire finished third in the North Group, bouncing back from two opening defeats against Worcestershire and Yorkshire to claim four wins out of five more completed fixtures.
England opener Alex Hales played his part with 77 in a win over Derbyshire and 104 in a loss to Durham, while former Three Lions all-rounder Samit Patel hit 79 and an unbeaten 103 in defeats of Leicestershire and Lancashire.
Ex-Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor was the star of a play-off win over Somerset when striking 154 and Patel’s 122 not out then helped the Outlaws claim a thrilling victory at Essex in the semis.
Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels are other notable names in a very experienced batting line-up, but this is not a team that has any significant recent history of picking up silverware.
A Look At Surrey’s Betting Odds
Surrey are seeking to end a frustrating run of near-misses in the limited-overs trophy department as they bid to go one better in this tournament than the last couple of seasons.
They finished third in the South Group with an identical record of four wins, three defeats and one no result, with the progressive Ben Foakes and former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara leading the way with the bat.
Sangakkara again worked his magic with a score of 121 as Yorkshire were beaten in the play-offs and Jason Roy put his England problems behind him with 92 in a semi-final defeat of Worcestershire.
Foakes (86) and Sangakkara (73) also shone once more at New Road, while ex-England spinner Gareth Batty bagged five wickets.
Former West Indies ace Ravi Rampaul has taken plenty of wickets during this competition and Jade Dernbach’s return from injury has been another big boost to a balanced bowling attack.
Dernbach said: “Anytime that you have been lucky to experience these finals it’s important that you can relay to the other guys that this is a just another game of cricket and not to be overawed by the situation.
“Having played in a few, I will be taking it upon myself to reassure some of the younger guys and make sure they know what it’s all about, so they’re not taken aback come Saturday.”
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