Hampshire’s hopes of retaining the Royal London One-Day Cup suffered a major blow this week when they lost three key men to World Cup call-ups with captain James Vince, opener Aiden Markram and all-rounder Liam Dawson all unavailable for selection so the depth of their squad will really be tested here.
Worcestershire have won three games in a row with the final game in that run sealing second place in the North group with a superb win over Derbyshire that was littered with big displays.
Middlesex have become a force to be reckoned with in the white-ball format this season, especially with the bat. They have scored three of their four highest ever list-A innings this season with the 380 scored in their last game against Kent their all-time best.
Essex looked impressive in their opening couple of matches but it has all gone downhill since then with five defeats in their last six games.
Sussex have it all to play for here and their first priority will be to win the game and then they may consider net run rate depending on how the matches in the South Group are going.
Both of these teams are playing good cricket right now although it is Middlesex who have it all to play for as a win will seal second place and a play-off spot.
It has been a disappointing campaign for both of these teams as both have nothing but pride to play for. Kent will likely have the greater motivation in front of their home fans and they come off their first win which should give them a boost in confidence.
Middlesex have done incredibly well to be within touching distance of the top three places despite being one of the teams most affected by international call-ups, and they will look to continue this fine form. They face a Glamorgan team who have reasonable form themselves, but they ultimately have little chance of the top three spots after losing their first three matches.
This is a crunch match in the race for the top three places as fifth-placed Gloucestershire make the trip to third-placed Sussex. Sussex have to do without a key batsmen in Phil Salt and that is compounded by already being without Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer.
Lancashire are the form team in the competition after five consecutive wins and whilst qualification remains in their own hands, they will want to do everything possible to ensure their recent performances are not in vain.
This should be an entertaining contest with Yorkshire travelling to Worcestershire needing a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive but the home side have top place in their sights having beaten Nottinghamshire in their last match.
Neither of these teams can qualify for the knockout stages but will be keen to end the competition on a high. Currently occupying the bottom two spots in the group, this represents a good chance for one side to move up the table and avoid finishing in last place.
Nottinghamshire host Durham in a big contest that could have big implications for both counties. Notts lost their first game of the competition against Worcestershire last time out and whilst they are still favourites to progress, another loss will make them slightly nervy.
This promises to be an extremely hard fought and competitive game between two sides that are evenly matches on paper and in terms of form. Lancashire have turned their campaign around with four wins in a row, while Derbyshire have competed well throughout and are capable of beating anybody on their day.