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Royal London One-Day Cup 2017 Odds

Who wins Royal London One-Day Cup 2017?

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The Royal London One Day Cup is an English limited overs cricket tournament, which is played every season by the domestic England and Welsh county teams.  Matches are limited to 50 overs per innings and all eighteen of the English and Welsh counties participate, being drawn into two groups of nine.  The groups tend to be based on geography as opposed to a straight draw to minimise travel during the cricket season.  The groups are called ‘North’ and ‘South’ which keeps in with the geographical nature of the tournament.

Each team will play eight matches, one against every other team in the group and the top four teams from each group progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.  This is where things get really exciting as there are no second chances, lose a game at this stage and you are out of the competition.  It’s pure knockout through to the final, which is also a one-off match played at the home of cricket, Lords.

In 20016, the Warwickshire Bears claimed their first Royal London One Day Cup, defeating Surrey by eight wickets.  It was the second time in succession Surrey suffered a final defeat at Lords and in truth, they never looked like winning the match once Warwickshire took apart their batsmen.  It was one of the most one-sided finals ever witnessed at Lords and the Bears will have every confidence of making it back for the 2017 final and lifting the trophy once more.  Having never looked in trouble during the knockout stages of the tournament, despite finishing second in their group, the Bears know they have what it takes to get the job done in the latter stages and no other team will want to draw them if they make it that far in 2017.  Can the Bears become the first team to successfully defend the Royal London One Day Cup?

Warwickshire are one of the favourites for the tournament but perhaps the team who should be considered likely to win the Royal London One Day Cup this year, are Yorkshire.  They are yet to win the trophy, which is in keeping with there being a new winner each year and came close last season, losing out at the semi-final stage.  The team who defeated them that day, Surrey, are also one of the favourites to take home the Royal London One Day Cup in 2017.  They will still be feeling the disappointment of their performance in the final last season but having made it that far, will be desperate to go one better this time around and banish the memories of that painful day at Lords. 

The 2017 Royal London One Day Cup is set to be another fantastic event.  Each of the eighteen teams taking part know how crucial it is to make the knockout stages of the tournament.  In a one-off game, anything can happen, as proven in the final last season.  So, don’t be surprised to see an outsider come through the group stages and cause an upset by progressing to the semi-final or even better, in what has the makings of being the most exciting Royal London One Day Cup to date.