Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles taking place? Wednesday 4th September, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles taking place? Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street

What is the expected weather for Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles? 13c with cloud and a 10% chance of rain

What television channel is Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles on? Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles? This match is available to stream live on the SkyGo app

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Lancashire Lightning W0, Essex Eagles W1
Last meeting: Essex Eagles beat Lancashire Lightning by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING

  • Lancashire Lightning ended with the most points of any team in the entire T20 Blast and lost the fewest number of matches (2) so they will be keen to carry that momentum into this quarter-final clash in Durham.
  • Despite earning home advantage, they are forced to play this match elsewhere due to the Ashes Test match being played at Old Trafford so they have selected The Riverside in Durham where they have an excellent record in this format of the game.
  • Coach Glen Chapple has named an unchanged 15-man squad for this game and has all his key men at his disposal like Vilas, Livingstone, Croft, Parkinson, Mahmood and overseas duo Faulkner and Maxwell so they have all of their regular starters available.

ESSEX EAGLES

  • Essex Eagles sneaked into fourth spot on the last match of the group phase and they carry some good form into this knockout match having won three of their last four matches and producing a strong second half of the group phase.
  • Their batting was a key reason for their strong end to the group stage as they hit 186/4 against Surrey and 189/6 against Kent Spitfires and they will need the likes of Dan Lawrence and Cameron Delport to be at their best here.
  • They will be without Mohammad Amir for this whose time with the club ended at the end of the group stage so that will weaken what was already a questionable bowling unit but they otherwise have their regulars available for this long trip up North.

THE PREDICTION

There is little doubt that Lancashire Lightning were the better of the two teams in the group phase, but Essex Eagles do carry some momentum into this quarter-final clash. They ended the group stage in fine form and finished ahead of the more fancied teams like Kent Spitfires to finish fourth. That said, losing Mohammad Amir will be a significant blow to them and they come up against what is arguably the best team in terms of quality and balance in the tournament. Lightning have a superb bowling unit and a quality batting line-up that is both powerful and deep, and despite not being able to play on home turf due to the Test match, they have to be favoured here.

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