Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Nottinghamshire Outlaws Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 17th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where? Emerald Headingley

Weather? 16-17c with cloud but no rain expected

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Yorkshire Vikings W10, Nottinghamshire Outlaws W17, No Result 2

THE TEAM NEWS

YORKSHIRE VIKINGS

Coach: Andrew Gale

Captain: David Willey

  • The Vikings picked up a vital win on Thursday night against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks to leave qualification in their hands as they face their direct rivals at Headingley as both teams sit on 14 points in a winner-takes-all match.

  • It was a highly professional performance on Thursday night as the bowlers raised their game and the batsmen were solid throughout with Lyth and Willey stepping up and it was their more experienced campaigners that produced the goods.

  • Williamson was selected despite his finger problem and he will play again here and they will almost certainly name an unchanged starting line-up to face Notts who beat them comfortably last week.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE OUTLAWS

Coach: Peter Moores

Captain: Dan Christian

  • The Outlaws have given themselves a fighting chance of reaching the quarter-finals by winning their last two matches including one against the Vikings last weekend so they have momentum coming into this must-win game.

  • The likelihood is that they name the same team that beat Worcestershire Rapids last time out as they chased down 191/6 with ease thanks to a blistering start from Riki Wessels who hit 55 runs from just 18 balls.

  • They have won their last two matches without relying on Alex Hales as he has struggled to find much form since returning from injury, but he will get another start opening the innings with Wessels.

THE PREDICTION

A great match to conclude the North Group as the winner will progress to the quarter-finals. Both teams have some form coming into this game but Notts will likely have the edge in confidence given they beat Yorkshire comfortably last week. The Outlaws' bowling attack has the edge here given the quality and variation they have, which the Vikings lack somewhat. It could very well come down to the toss and who bats first as both teams enjoy that, or if either pair of openers particularly fire. Tough one to call and really could go either way.