Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning taking place? Sunday 11th August, 14:30 (UK)

Where is Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning taking place? Edgbaston, Birmingham

What is the expected weather for Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning? 17c with light rain expected but it may be light enough to allow a good amount of play

What television channel is Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning on? Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Birmingham Bears vs Lancashire Lightning? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Birmingham Bears W6, Lancashire Lightning W8, No Result 2
Last meeting: Birmingham Bears beat Lancashire Lightning by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

BIRMINGHAM BEARS

  • Birmingham Bears fell to defeat against Notts Outlaws as their wait for a win continued following the 28-run defeat under the D/L method which means the Bears have now gone five games without a victory.

  • The Bears were poor with the bat and stuttered their way to 119/9 from their 20 overs with just two players reaching double-digits and they were not much better with the ball as Notts reached 86/2 from 11 overs before play was brought to an end.
  • Birmingham need to end their poor run of form and the only way to do so will be showing big improvements with both bat and ball but the Bears do not have a great deal of options to change things up.

LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING

  • Lancashire Lightning were left frustrated by the weather as their Roses clash with Yorkshire was washed out without a ball being bowled but it did mean their unbeaten run in this year’s competition was extended to eight matches.

  • The Lightning are now four points clear at the top of the North Group and look very well placed to progress to the quarter-finals but will be eager to get back onto the field for this clash with the Bears.
  • Youngster Matt Parkinson is enjoying a great tournament with 13 wickets to his name at an average of just over 11 which is one of the most productive in the competition whilst the return of Liam Livingstone has also been key for Lancashire.

THE PREDICTION

Birmingham are on a terrible run without a win and now face the daunting task of hosting the unbeaten Lancashire. The Bears might be doing a rain dance in order to avoid playing the Lightning who have been the best team in the North Group by a long way so far. They had their last game washed out against Yorkshire and will hope the same does not occur here but if a result is possible, it is difficult to envisage the home side beating Lancashire here.

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