JOSH Healey (@joshhealey04) has found a couple of bets he likes in Tuesday’s T20 match between England and New Zealand.
England v New Zealand T20 | Tuesday 18:30
Sadly, New Zealand’s tour of England comes to an end on Tuesday evening as the two sides play out a sole T20 match at Old Trafford (OT).
The exploits of this new look England side further highlight just how embarrassing the World Cup really was. It’s been a treat to watch for all cricket fans, and with the forecast set fair for Manchester (not often you can say that!) we’re all set to go out with a bang.
Both sides will line up in similar fashion to the ODI series with England potentially handing debuts to James Vince and Reece Topley.
The groundsmen at OT prepare some of the best pitches in the country, especially when it comes to international matches. It should be a rock hard deck offering true bounce and good carry, allowing the batsmen to play their shots with confidence. I’d be surprised if the runs didn’t flow.
Despite that, the sixes lines around the 13.5 mark look too high to back. That line hasn’t been anywhere near breached in any of the four T20 games Lancs have hosted this season, partly due to the large playing area. However, I am confident that fours could be hit in abundance and so I’ll back Over 27.5 Fours at 17/20 with Betway.
It’s a bet that would’ve landed in 4/4 T20 games that Lancs have hosted this season, including one game which was reduced to 15 overs per side.
I was at the Lancs-Worcs game last Thursday and the pitch was a belter – around 180 par – which reinforces my confidence in a quality batting track being served up. The outfield is like a carpet and the ball should race across it, therefore aiding the bet.
In the match betting market the bookies can’t split the two sides with both priced at 10/11 across the board. That’s fair given how well contested the ODI series was and the quality possessed by both teams, but you have to say that England look the better outfit at the moment, especially with Trent Boult and Corey Anderson missing for the Blackcaps.
The thing that strikes me about this England side is the power and depth in batting. They are awash with big hitters, all the way down to David Willey at number eight and then Adil Rashid at nine. You would think there’d be a trade-off with the long batting lineup leaving a weak bowling unit, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
On the whole England’s bowling looked good in the ODI series, with no over-reliance on one particular bowler.
You’ve probably guessed by now I’m backing England to win; they’re available at 19/20 with Boylesports. Suddenly the hosts look like winners once again; they won the fifth ODI from the most unlikely position, and remember they almost chased down 399 in the second ODI before being halted by the rain.
England have a lot of players in good form at the moment, whereas many of the Kiwis are struggling. I reckon this fearless group of youngsters can put the icing on the cake here with another exhilarating performance.
England v New Zealand T20 – Over 27.5 Fours – 17/20 Betway
England v New Zealand – England to win (19/20 Boylesports)