As the excitement and mayhem of the second of the two limited overs competitions reaches quarter final stage, I reach a navel gazing moment and look at the league tables and notice some justice and some similarities between the Royal London One Day Cup 50 and Vitality Blast T20 final tables.
Starting with the early season competition, in which Somerset failed to progress, the six teams which made the knockout stage all won five or more of their eight matches, none of the other teams won more than four. So, it is fair to suggest that the best performing teams went through.
Similarly, in the league stage of the shorter format, of the eight teams who have gone through only Sussex did not win eight matches and they, like Kent, had the misfortune to lose four matches to the weather. No team won eight matches and failed to qualify.
Fortunately for the competition, in neither case was qualification decided on net run rate, nor did it determine which teams play their quarter finals at home or away. However, it did determine the details of who played whom.
So, despite the vagaries of the weather, the limitations of the formats and the league groups, it is probably fair to say that justice has been done this year and the right teams have progressed to the knockout stages in both competitions.
Finally, I wish the Somerset team the very best for their home quarter final against last year’s champions. It’s a great draw, it’s a Sunday before a Bank Holiday so let us hope the weather is fabulous and it is a great match with a home win.