Northamptonshire vs. Essex
The first semi-final could easily be a one-sided game as both of these sides can be very hit and miss.
Northants will be banking on the form of overseas player Cameron White with the bat, and David Willey and Azarullah with the ball.
If these players come off then Northants will stand a very, very, very good chance however, the Essex side is also full of match winners and match changers.
Whoever came up with the idea of signing Hamish Rutherford is a genius cricket tactician, and when he is complemented in the batting line-up by players like Ryan Ten Doeschate and Graham Napier, their batting is particularly strong.
Having Shaun Tait, Reece Topley and Napier with the ball also means that Essex will be confident, but I’m backing the outsiders of Northants to reach the final.
Hampshire vs. Surrey
This second semi-final will be a real grudge match between two more teams from the South group.
Surrey have some fantastic T20 players, such as Jade Dernbach with the ball while the opening partnership of Jason Roy and Steven Davies is almost guaranteed to make runs. But they are coming up against the best One-Day side from the last four years.
Hampshire have reached the last four Finals Days and have won two of them. They are also the reigning champions and have some of the best domestic T20 performers ever in their ranks.
Michael Carberry and James Vince form what is probably the best opening pair, and with Jimmy Adams, Neil McKenzie and Sean Ervine coming in after them, the batting
looks strong to say the least.
To bowl they have veteran Dimitri Mascarenhas, Chris Wood and the superb spinner Danny Briggs. The Royals will also take confidence from beating Surrey in a YB40 match last night, they came from a position where they needed more than 8 an over, to going on to win the game
with 9 balls to spare. Superb.
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