Friday 17 August 2007 

Every Dog Has Its Day?

Durham will go into their first Lord's final as underdogs following the absence of Steve Harmison, bookies said on Friday.

The North East side were priced at even money to lift the Friends Provident Trophy when they take their big stage bow at the Home of Cricket.

But Ladbrokes have pushed them out to 11/10, with Hampshire now shortened to 4/6 from 8/11.

Spokesman Robin Hutchison: "Durham were always going to be the outsiders, but Harmison's absence is a big blow.

"We've also taken a number of lumpy bets on Hampshire, including one of £5,000 in a shop in Southampton so we're keen to keep them on side."

Hampshire skipper Shane Warne 16/1 to mark his first domestic showpiece with a five wicket haul, whilst team-mate Chris Tremlett is 25/1 to achieve the same feat.

Of England's returning players, all eyes will be on Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood ahead of next week's ODI series against India.

KP is 3/1 favourite to top score for the South Coast side, with his one day skipper 4/1 to do so for the men from the Riverside.

Ladbrokes have also priced up which England player - past or present - will top the points table with either bat or ball.

Using one run as a point, one catch or stumping as ten points and one wicket as twenty points all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas is 5/2 favourite.

And for the rest of the world equivalent Warne is 7/4, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 5/2, fellow West Indian Daren Powell 3/1 and Tasmania's Michael di Venuto also 3/1.

LATEST BETTING

Friends Provident Trophy 2007

Hampshire 4/6
Durham 11/10

To take Five or more wickets?

S Warne 16/1
C Tremlett 25/1

'England Expects'

Which England player past or present will score the most points
(1pt per run, 10pts per catch/stumping and 20 pts per wicket)


D Mascarenas 5/2
P Collingwood 3/1
K Pietersen 4/1
L Plunkett 6/1
C Tremlett 6/1
J Crawley 8/1
S Udal 10/1

All players must start match for bets to stand

'Rest of the World'

Which Overseas player will score the most points?
(1pt per run, 10pts per catch/stumping and 20 pts per wicket)

S Warne 7/4
S Chanderpaul 5/2
D Powell 3/1
M di Venuto 3/1

All players must start the match for bets to stand

Top Hampshire Runscorer

K Pietersen 3/1
J Crawley 7/2
M Lumb 4/1
M Brown 6/1
C Benham 6/1
S Ervine 6/1
M Carberry 7/1
J Adams 8/1
G Lamb 8/1
N Pothas 9/1
D Mascarenhas 10/1
S Udal 33/1
S Warne 33/1
C Tremlett 50/1
D Powell 50/1
B Taylor 100/1
J Bruce 100/1

Top Durham Runscorer

S Chanderpaul 7/2
M Di Venuto 4/1
P Collingwood 4/1
P Mustard 5/1
D Benkenstein 5/1
W Smith 6/1
G Muchall 6/1
B Harmison 8/1
K Coetzer 8/1
G Park 10/1
G Breese 12/1
O Gibson 20/1
P Wiseman 25/1
L Plunkett 33/1
S Harmison 50/1
N Killeen 100/1
G Onions 100/1