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Alex Sarwar

2021 Vitality t20 Blast – Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning taking place? Thursday 26th August, 2021 – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning taking place? The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

What is the expected weather for Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning? 17-19c with sunny intervals and a gentle breeze

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

What channel is Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning 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 Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning? 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

Somerset reached the T20 Blast quarter-finals having won eight of their 14 games played with New Zealand overseas batter Devon Conway playing a big role in their success in the group stage. However, whilst Conway will be unavailable here the hosts will welcome back Tom Abell, who missed a large number of group games due to a hamstring injury. Lancashire Lightning meanwhile, will be without a trio of key players through international duty. Opener Finn Allen, wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler and fast bowler Saqib Mahmood represent three huge absentees for the visitors. Having said that, explosive all-rounder Liam Livingstone is all set to feature following his dynamic performances for Birmingham Phoenix in the men’s Hundred that saw him named MVP of the competition. Also available for Dane Vilas’ side is leg-spin bowler Matt Parkinson, so often a catalyst for Lancashire’s success in the T20 over format of the game.

THE PREDICTION

This has all the makings of being an absolute cracker of a game at a sold-out Taunton with plenty of domestic stars on both sides. No doubt all eyes will be on Livingstone, with the ground simply not big enough to stop him if the limited overs star of the English summer goes into ‘beast mode’ once again. However, the Lightning top order has been hit by the loss of Allen and if Livingstone is dismissed relatively cheaply, then Somerset will feel confident they can run through Lancashire’s middle order. In contrast, the depth of the hosts’ batting line-up is strong with Abell, Lammonby and Gregory backing up Tom Banton and Will Smeed at the top of the order. When also factoring in the absence of Saqib for the visitors, Somerset are to be narrowly favoured in this one.

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