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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Somerset and Sussex can continue hot streaks

Yorkshire are in a relegation battle

Surrey players celebrate their success over Somerset at Guildford
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Division One and Two matches
Start 11am Wednesday

Somerset look worth a wager at 10-11 to keep up the pressure on Surrey in the race for the County Championship Division One title with victory over Yorkshire at Headingley.

The Cidermen will be buzzing after booking their berth at T20 Blast finals day on Monday with a fine win over holders Nottinghamshire and have won their last two four-day games against Essex and Worcestershire.   

There may be some tiredness after that Taunton triumph but the Edgbaston shortest-format jamboree is not until the middle of next month so full focus should be on their push for a first pennant.

Plenty of the squad were involved in the late season charge that saw them split Middlesex and Yorkshire in 2016 and miss out on the title when there was a result at Lord's in the final round of matches.

Yorkshire got sucked into the relegation battle when they lost by an innings and 186 runs to Worcestershire at Scarborough last week. That was a fifth reverse of the Championship campaign for the White Rose. Somerset have suffered only one.

Unbeaten Surrey are 8-15 to make it seven four-day wins on the spin when third-placed Notts visit The Oval.

Surrey won the teams' meeting at Trent Bridge last month by an innings and 183 runs and as well as their Taunton disappointment, the Outlaws need to pick themselves up from a heavy defeat at Hampshire last week.

In Division Two, back second-placed Sussex to beat Middlesex at Lord's.

As with Somerset, morale in the Martlets' camp must be high after reaching T20 finals day over the weekend and they are on a run of four straight four-day wins.

Middlesex sneaked a win over dreadful Northants last week after being forced to follow-on but lost their Hove encounter in May by three wickets.

There is a tight three-way battle for the title and two promotion spots with 15 points separating leaders Warwickshire from third-placed Kent. The Bears are 4-11 to beat Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay while the Spitfires are 8-15 to down their hosts Derbyshire.

Afghanistan are 4-11 to go 2-0 up in their three-ODI series with Ireland in Belfast. The Afghans, who won the teams' T20 series 2-0, beat their hosts by 29 runs at Stormont on Monday.  

1pt 10-11 bet365
2pts 8-11 Coral, Ladbrokes

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The Cidermen will be buzzing after booking their berth at T20 Blast Finals day on Monday
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