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30 Jul 2018 by Rob

Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Derbyshire Falcons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Monday 30thJuly, 18:30 (UK)

Where? Emerald Headingley

Weather? 18-20c with a small chance of showers in the afternoon

What channel is it on? Yorkshire Vikings vs Derbyshire Falcons 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: Derbyshire Falcons W9, Yorkshire Vikings W16, No Result 1

THE TEAM NEWS

YORKSHIRE VIKINGS

Coach: Andrew Gale

Captain: Gary Ballance

  • Yorkshire were cruising to victory on Saturday in Derbyshire but Critchley hit 22 off the final over from Bresnan to give the Falcons an unlikely win which makes it three defeats in a row against this opposition for the Vikings.

  • They will have to do without spinner Adil Rashid who has now left to join the England Test team and that sees Jack Brooks come into the 13-man squad while the likes of Bairstow and Root remain absent.

  • The middle order stalled a little on Saturday and they will look to lift themselves at home where they are typically strong, although they will likely stick with their preference of batting first despite it backfiring at the weekend.

DERBYSHIRE FALCONS

Coach: John Wright

Captain: Gary Wilson

  • The Falcons are on a roll having won their last three matches after losing their first four, so confidence and morale is high in the camp and they will be buoyed by the fact they beat Yorkshire on Saturday.

  • The return to the side of Billy Godleman has coincided with their three-match winning run as the talented batsman has hit 157 runs in his three innings so far and that has reduced the burden on the likes of MacLeod and Madsen.

  • It was Rampaul’s turn to shine on Saturday as he took 4/19 which offered great support to Ferguson and Wahab Riaz, and the trio are now under 8 in terms of their economy rates, and they continue to keep their team in every match they play.

THE PREDICTION

Derbyshire are proving to be something of a bogey team for Yorkshire having beaten them in their last three T20 meetings. Further to that, but they are riding a three-match winning streak as their batting has improved with Godleman coming in and their bowling remains one of the best in the tournament. Yorkshire lose Rashid here, but at home one would still expect them to have too much firepower for the Falcons. This could be a high scoring game at Headingley and despite the form guide favouring the visitors, Yorkshire’s incredible batting power and depth should see them get the win here.

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