Hampshire v Somerset: One-Day Cup final betting preview, TV channel and tip
Hampshire's Sam Northeast could prove an able deputy for James Vince at Lord's
Hampshire v Somerset
TV: Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event, 11am Saturday
Hampshire opened up as 4-5 favourites to successfully defend their One-Day Cup crown against Somerset at Lord's but the match odds have flip-flopped following the news that James Vince and Liam Dawson are unavailable for the holders.
The pair, named in England's World Cup squad, have played crucial roles in Hampshire's white-ball success.
Skipper Vince scored 79 in the semi-final victory over Lancashire, taking his runs tally to 509 in seven innings this season, while spinning all-rounder Dawson has contributed 18 wickets and 274 runs in nine appearances.
The market reaction to their absences is understandable and Hampshire are also without batsman Aiden Markram, who scored 466 runs in eight South Group games before joining up with South Africa's World Cup squad.
But Hampshire signed off the group stage with a thumping seven-wicket win over Somerset at Taunton and they still have plenty of international experience in their ranks.
India batsman Ajinkya Rahane joins Rilee Roussow, who scored a century in last year's final, and fast bowlers Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards while leg-spinner Mason Crane has rediscovered the form that earned him an England call-up in 2017.
Sam Northeast is set to captain Hampshire in Vince's absence and he looks a tempting price to top-score for them.
Northeast made a sparkling 75 not out off 60 balls in last year's final against Kent, unperturbed by a hostile reception from fans of his former county, struck an unbeaten 51 against Somerset at Taunton, and made 133 in the second innings of this week's County Championship win over Nottinghamshire.
Somerset were impressive winners away to Notts in the semi-final as Azhar Ali continued his fine form in the competition with a knock of 72.
Overlooked by Pakistan in ODI cricket since January 2018, Azhar remains a class act at this level, scoring 406 runs in ten games and taking 5-34 in the win over Worcestershire.
S Northeast top Hampshire runscorer
2pts 9-2 Betfair, Paddy Power
Azhar Ali to be man of the match
1pt 10-1 Sky Bet
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