Robbie Handley previews the cup including tips for winner
Much like "tika taca" took over the footballing world a couple of years back following the success of Barcelona, the term "positive brand of cricket" is yielding positive results for the England international set up, so expect this to trickle down to the county game even more so than last year. I would predict seeing more scores of over 300+ and teams to bat far deeper than previously. Whoever you back, I’d recommend getting behind a county who have strength and depth in their batting.
The pre-tournament favourites, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, are both full of quality. Yorkshire have a great coach in Jason Gillespie and international quality throughout their team but have got off to an awful start in the T20 blast. Nottinghamshire, now employer of former England coach Peter Moores, are always there or thereabouts and bat all the way down to number 8, where you’ll find seasoned pro Chris Read.
Both teams are in Group A, which also includes Lancashire and Warwickshire, dressed up as Birmingham Bears, who look a decent outfit this year. The Bears are always a good punt in the one day arena, who now have Ian Bell as captain, Luke Ronchi as the overseas pro and ever present Rikki Clarke along with a wealth of players that have played in big international one day tournaments. My money is on Birmingham to win the Group A at 5-1.