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09 Aug 2018 by Rob Esteva

Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 9th August, 19:00 (UK)

Where? Emerald Headingley

Weather? 18-19c with sunshine expected

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Yorkshire Vikings W12, Lancashire Lightning W12, No Result 4, Tie 1

THE TEAM NEWS

YORKSHIRE VIKINGS

Coach: Andrew Gale

Captain: Steven Patterson

  • Yorkshire Vikings have bounced back from two consecutive losses to Derbyshire Falcons and won their last two matches against Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Leicestershire Foxes to remain in the hunt for a top four place in a congested North Group.

  • They face their Roses rivals once again and they will be motivated to get revenge for the loss at Old Trafford in what was a spectacular game of big hitting by both teams but this will look much different without the internationals like Buttler, Jennings, Bairstow, Root and Rashid.

  • The Vikings can welcome back Tim Bresnan after he was rested during the busy spell last week while Matthew Fisher makes the squad again and despite not playing against Steelbacks last Friday, he could make the eleven for this game.

LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING

Coach: Glen Chapple

Captain: Liam Livingstone

  • The Lightning are running the risk of dropping out of the top four after losing their last three completed matches and they desperately need a Roses win here to consolidate that position with teams chasing them hard.

  • The loss last time out to Durham on Tuesday was particularly hard to swallow as they lost three wickets in a final over in which they only needed six, and they only managed two to lose by four runs in a stunning collapse.

  • Lancs continue to be severely affected more than most teams by the international call-ups but also injury as the loss of captain Liam Livingston continues to hamper them severely as they continue to rely heavily on the in-form Alex Davies.

THE PREDICTION

The first match between these two teams at Old Trafford was a last ball classic with Lancashire edging home, and there is every chance this will follow suit. The line-ups will look very different to that game when the internationals were free to play and before the injuries to Livingston and Plunkett, but it should still be tight and competitive. On paper, form and team news points to Yorkshire especially with home advantage in their favour who should consolidate their top four spot and push their Roses rivals on the brink of dropping out of the play-off spots.

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