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Royal London One-Day Cup 2018 Odds

Who wins Royal London One-Day Cup 2018?

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The Royal London One-Day Cup is a limited 50-overs domestic competition for the first class cricket counties of England and Wales. The competition started in 2014 as a replacement of ECB 40 – a 40-overs competition that ran for four seasons. The Royal London One-Day Cup is the premier limited over completion in Great Britain in a series of limited over championships.

As per the current format, there are a total of 18 teams divided in two groups as per geographic locations – North and South. The top three teams from each group qualify for the knockout stages with the top placed team going straight to the semifinals. The second and third teams from each group play in the quarterfinals. The team that wins the quarterfinals faces the top team waiting for them in the semis.

Nottinghamshire are the defending champions of the trophy having registered a one-sided win over Somerset in 2017. Featuring the likes of Alan Hales, Luke Fletcher; Steven Mullaney will be confident of his boys matching the previous season’s exploits. However, the team had a rather inconsistent form in the group stages as they finished third in the North Group. Hence, it remains to be seen whether the Outlaws have in them to defend the crown, come May.

While the teams are yet to announce the squads for the upcoming seasons, the counties have started flexing their muscles by signing players. Somerset, placed second in the South Group and quarterfinalist in the last season, have already signed Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft. The 25-year old Western Australian has 69 caps in first class games and has registered 11 centuries to his name.

"Cameron has the appetite and the temperament for scoring big hundreds. He really values the price of his wicket, is mentally tough and highly driven to succeed," read the county’s official statement. Tom Abell & co. will surely be looking to go one step ahead than their previous season performance.

Worcestershire will feel a bit hard done after performing so superbly in the group stages of 2017. They will be aiming at the finals this year after crashing against Surrey in the semis last year.

The Surrey county club, which last won the limited over championship in 2011 were the runners-up in last year’s competition. With a highly talented squad of Aaron Finch, Rory Burns, Mark Stoneman and Mitchell Marsh, the Lions are strong favourites to go a step ahead in the forthcoming series.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire – the most successful county team in England has only one limited overs cup to its name, way back in 1983. With the likes of Liam Plunkett, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Joe Root and Kane Williamson on its roster, the Leeds-based club will be hoping to have the monkey off its back in one day series.

Further, the likes of Leicestershire have also strengthened their bowling attack with the signing of Pakistani bowling duo – Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan. With such plethora of talent to be witnessed at the upcoming championship, the Royal London One-Day Cup 2018  promises to be an exciting and thrilling tournament.