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10 Aug 2018 by Rob Esteva

Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Lancashire Lightning vs Birmingham Bears Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 10th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where? Emirates Old Trafford

Weather? 17c and forecast to be dry after showers earlier in the day

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

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Lancashire Lightning W7, Birmingham Bears W5, No Result 2

THE TEAM NEWS

LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING

Coach: Glen Chapple

Captain: Dane Vilas

  • Lancashire picked up an outstanding victory at Headingley on Thursday night as they bounced back from their recent poor and a difficult start against their Roses rivals to fightback and earn an impressive and vital win.

  • This time they did not have to rely on Alex Davies as both Arron Lilley and Karl Brown produced superb performances with 47 runs off 30 balls and 51 off 34 respectively to overcome the Vikings total of 181.

  • Given the quality of that performance, it is unlikely they will make changes as they welcome the Bears to Old Trafford but they will look to tighten things up in the field especially where they were poor against the Vikings.

BIRMINGHAM BEARS

Coach: Jim Troughton

Captain: Grant Elliott

  • The Bears sit just outside the top four places coming into this game but they are boosted by the victory over the Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Thursday night which ultimately became quite comfortable as they won by six wickets.

  • The key to their success on Thursday was a much improved bowling display as Hannon-Dalby took 3/30 and Patel and Thomason both chipped in with a couple of wickets too which restricted Notts to 152 and allowed their batsmen to chase down easily.

  • As they know they have little margin for error and coming off such a good performance against Notts, the likelihood is that they name an unchanged side for this game as they look to carry momentum into this one.

THE PREDICTION

This is a must-win game for Birmingham as they cannot afford another slip-up really now in their remaining matches. Lancashire stunned Yorkshire at Headingley on Thursday night and that will have given them a huge lift in confidence after a tough run of form. They looked likely to concede well over 200 in that game but fought back well and then batted extremely well. The Bears will offer a tough test here with their batting especially strong right now. They may well succeed in doing what Yorkshire did not by hitting a big score which may be too much for an understrength Lancs team.

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