Warwickshire and Derbyshire in action in the T20 Blast.

4 teams who can win the T20 Blast

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England's cricket team begin their white-ball summer this week with ODI's against Sri Lanka, but the domestic limited-overs game is already well underway

The Natwest T20 Blast is likely to hot up in the coming weeks with several teams already showing form that could take them all the way to Finals Day. 

So, who is likely to make it to Edgbaston on August 20?


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Birmingham Bears 

Currently second in the North group, the prospect of another home final is a realistic expectation for the Midlands outfit, who are benefiting from the omission of Ian Bell from any of the England squads this summer.

With two 50's already this summer, he has been instrumental in trying to help Warwickshire to a second successive Finals Day. Sam Hain has also been impressive with the bat, averaging 48.67 in his 4 Blast innings so far.

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Yet, Birmingham's strongest point so far has been their bowling, with Rikki Clarke and Chris Woakes in destructive form, recently reducing last year's winners Lancashire to 39-4 to secure a win by Duckworth-Lewis. 

Woakes has earned himself a summer with England, but Birmingham still have the firepower with bat and ball to make it to the big day. 

Derbyshire v Warwickshire - NatWest T20 Blast


What a campaign it's been for unfancied Glamorgan so far. They sit top of the South Group having opened their season against hot favourites Surrey. 

Their ability with the ball also means they easily bowled out Kent, who have posted as high as 200-2 this season, for just 121.

Dale Steyn has the best bowling figures of anyone to have played over 4 matches in the T20 Blast and by that measure, the Welsh side also boast the second-best bowler in Michael Hogan.

Both have taken 9 wickets and when a team has the ability to dismiss powerful top orders in the way Glamorgan have done, then they have to be in with a shout. 

Glamorgan v Hampshire - NatWest T20 Blast

Sussex Sharks 

Sussex put on a T20 batting masterclass when they get going. They have already posted 222 and 242 this season (the latter score is more than two a ball) with Ross Taylor and Chris Nash more often than not doing the damage. 

Their prospects of topping the South Group have been slightly damaged by two no results recently, but when they have played they have looked a real threat.

The loss of Chris Jordan to England duty, in addition to David Wiese's departure, does mean there is a chance that the wheels will come off a promising start, but their squad contains plenty of county experience and there is still a chance that Bangladesh star Mustafizur Rahman will play a part in the campaign. 

Sussex v Middlesex - Royal London One-Day Cup


Somerset are considered outsiders considering that the West Country club currently sit 5th in the South Group, with only the top four qualifying for the quarter-finals. 

However, Chris Gayle has left a feel-good factor that may allow Somerset to kick on, and he has also provided an extra incentive by hinting he could return should the county reach Finals Day. 

The county are also spared of any England call-ups despite the white-ball form of Jamie Overton. Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene and the county experience of James Hildreth and Peter Trego make for a fiery enough batting line-up even without Gayle, and the recent improvement of a bowling attack which shipped 200+ twice earlier in the season will give Somerset hope.

They recently restricted last year's semi-finalists Hampshire to just 133 at Taunton, with spinners Max Waller and Roelof Van Der Merwe finding form just in time for crunch time in the Blast.

Like Sussex, they are hoping for their first Finals Day appearance since 2012.

Somerset v Hampshire - NatWest T20 Blast

Who will win the T20 blast? Have your say in the comments.  

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