The FLt20 season is now underway and for many students the chance to watch some county-level cricket in their back garden is not to be missed. Yorkshire, Notts and Durham all have grounds based in the hub of student life and there are plenty of chances to watch great pro cricket at discount prices…

Choosing your match is vital, however. There’s no point sitting in an empty stadium watching two teams do battle for mid-table. No, instead, it’s best to plan who to see and who will draw the big crowd. Just last week, Yorkshire and Lancashire clashed at a sold-out Headingley on a hot Friday night. The stands were packed and the atmosphere raucous, exactly what you want from a T20 match.

Yorkshire, currently top of the league, are a good bet in the cricket odds to win this title and always draw a large following wherever they go. If you’re in Nottingham or Manchester this summer then keep an eye out for the Vikings’ visit.

Watching T20 isn’t just about the cricket. It’s about the crowd and the friends you watch it with. A good group of six or more should give you ample excuse to have a beer and a laugh during the fixture, dress up and roar on the team. Kent v Hampshire is always a tasty affair and worth a watch if you’re down at the St Lawrence Ground this summer, while Durham v Derbyshire on Sunday 28 July is the perfect chance to witness a heavy home victory.

Cricket betting in play is also great when you’re watching live; for you can see the odds change as fast as the wickets tumble. Backing a batsman to hit 50 is a lot more fun when you see him leave the crease and smash one over cover, an experience that can only be fully felt when at the game.