Aside from the excitement of the first Ashes test this morning, we also have a couple of matches in the English domestic 50-over competition that look to offer excellent trading opportunities.

Durham - Leicestershire 

Leicestershire are possibly the worst county cricket side in the country, with a track record of LLLLLWLW in their last eight games in this competition, with the two wins coming when they were batting second in rain affected games, chasing reduced Duckworth Lewis adjusted scores. They have lost 4 of their 5 games this season, with the fifth being rained off, despite getting themselves into strong positions. Whilst Durham have not had the greatest season, winning 2 and losing 3 with one rained off, given Leics terrible record, it is well looking for opportunities to oppose them. Durham are currently trading at 1.72, which seems a tad short, but should Leics trade odds-on, I'll be looking to lay them. I probably won't be holding this for too long, however, and trimming my liability as the odds lengthen.

Middlesex - Nottinghamshire

Notts have won four of their five so far in the RLODC, batting second on each occasion. In each of these innings, they have had a shaky start, losing top order wickets early on, and relying on their lower-middle order to make the majority of the runs. They have lost their first three wickets in their last three victories for 53, 56, 114 (having been 0/1). Middlesex have been struggling for consistency this season, winning 2 and losing 3 with one rained off, and Notts are rightly 1.6X favourites today. Middlesex have won the toss and put Notts in, however, so looking to back Notts on the loss of any early wickets could be a profitable strategy.