2021 Vitality t20 Blast – Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks taking place? Friday 9th July, 2021 – 18:30 (UK)

Where is Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks taking place? Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

What is the expected weather for Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks? It is expected to be dry but cloudy with temperatures of 19 degrees

Where can I get tickets for Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks? Click here for the latest ticket information

What channel is Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks on? Sky Sports have the rights to show the T20 Blast so check their schedule here to see if they will be showing this match

Where can I stream Lancashire Lightning vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks? If televised on Sky Sports, this match can be streamed live on Sky Go. If not televised on Sky, this match can be streamed live on the official websites and YouTube channels of each competing team, as well as the England Cricket app

THE LOWDOWN

Lancashire Lightning come into this on the back of a slim defeat away to the Yorkshire Vikings last week. The Lightning have suffered without their England players Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone. A lack of depth in aggressive hitting has cost them. They come up against a Northamptonshire Steelbacks side that have been much better than their early Blast form. The Steelbacks come into this on the back of back-to-back victories over the Leicestershire Foxes and Durham. Despite that decent form, their highest score remains just 173-5 in their last nine matches.

THE PREDICTION

This match is likely to be fairly low-scoring given Lancashire’s inability to consistently hit hard throughout the innings as well as Northamptonshire’s generally low-scoring form since the start of the Blast. Given that Lancs’ have a plethora of spinners, the size of the Old Trafford playing area should give the Red Rose the slight edge in this one.

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