Vitality t20 Blast 2020 – Gloucestershire vs Steelbacks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gloucestershire vs Steelbacks taking place? Thursday 27th August, 14:00 (UK)

Where is Gloucestershire vs Steelbacks taking place? The Bristol County Ground

What is the expected weather for Gloucestershire vs Steelbacks? A chance of light rain throughout the scheduled hours of play, with a gentle breeze.

What channel is Gloucestershire vs 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 Gloucestershire vs Steelbacks? You can stream this via the SkyGo app if the match is being televised by Sky Sports

Where can I get tickets for Gloucestershire vs Steelbacks? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

  • Gloucestershire were shocked by Derbyshire in the quarter final stages of last year’s Vitality Blast, after being beaten at home by the Falcons in Michael Klinger’s final year at the club.
  • With Klinger having retired, batsman Jack Taylor has been named as the side’s new Vitality Blast captain for 2020.
  • The South West based side are boosted by the availability of wicketkeeper batsman James Bracey, who has yet to play for Gloucestershire this summer due to his presence within England’s bio secure bubble.

STEELBACKS

  • Two-time Vitality Blast winners Northamptonshire Steelbacks will be hoping for much better luck this year after a poor campaign in 2019.
  • The Steelbacks have signed Irish international Paul Stirling as their overseas player for 2020 and the big hitting opener will provide some serious firepower at the top of the order.
  • Josh Cobb captains the side which also includes the likes of big hitter Richard Levi, wicketkeeper batsman Adam Rossington and accurate pace bowler Ben Sanderson.

THE PREDICTION

This looks set to be a tight match with Gloucestershire having home advantage, but it remains to be seen how they will cope without the leadership and runs of Michael Klinger. The Steelbacks look more of a settled T20 unit and with Stirling available to play, he could provide the impetus at the top of the order that sees Northants narrowly come out on top here.

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