Kent Spitfires were the winners in South Group, thanks to a stellar campaign that saw them win nine wins, including one against Middlesex at a time when their roster was hit by a Covid outbreak and they had to use a number of fringe players.
The situation is now under control and they have a clean bill of health, which means batters such as Daniel Bell-Drummond, Jordan Cox, Zak Crawley, Jack Leaning and Joe Denly should all be available.
Fred Klaassen and Matt Milnes, both of whom have 14 wickets apiece, should spearhead the Kent bowling unit.
Birmingham Bears were fourth at the end of their North Group campaign, with seven wins and six defeats under their belt.
They could have finished a lot higher, had they been consistent and not fizzled out after a fantastic start to the season that saw them win four of their first five matches. A mid-campaign lull all but derailed their campaign until they found some form towards the end and sealed qualification at the expense of Worcestershire.
Birmingham’s batting will certainly be dependent on Sam Hain, who has 393 runs to his name. But apart from him, everyone else fades as getting contributions from elsewhere have been a problem for the Bears. That said, Birmingham’s bowling has a number of studs and if they are to win, their bowlers will be at the forefront.