Preview: #GameofRoses Lightning v Vikings
Match Preview: Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings
Lancashire are bidding to enhance an impressive record in home Roses matches tomorrow.
They welcome Yorkshire to a sold out 19,500 Emirates Old Trafford, the highest attendance ever for a Blast match outside of London.
The Vikings have only won four out of 12 away Roses matches, the last coming in 2014 when Aaron Finch famously hit The Point twice with huge sixes.
Lancashire have won eight times.
Last year, Liam Livingstone and Karl Brown both hit half-centuries in a total of 204-7. At the time, Livingstone’s 21-ball fifty was the Lightning’s fastest ever.
Lancashire are bidding for their second win in three Blast matches this summer.
After winning their opener against Durham at Emirates Riverside on Friday, they lost against Leicestershire at Liverpool on Sunday.
Seamer Junaid Khan is in line to debut having arrived from Pakistan following visa problems.
Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings, sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn
Friday 14 July
Emirates Old Trafford
Yorkshire have had a mixed start to their campaign, with a win, loss and a No Result.
The Vikings have overseas Australian batting duo Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh in their ranks.
They got off to an ideal start by beating Notts at Headingley on Friday, posting a record score of 227-5, but have been frustrated since. They lost to Derbyshire at Chesterfield on Saturday and were rained off at Northants on Tuesday.
Opening batsman Adam Lyth has hit two half-centuries so far for last season’s beaten semi-finalists.
LAST TIME OUT
Yorkshire won a rain-affected clash at Headingley last July to kick-start their recovery having lost four of their first five in the North Group. It was their first win of the competition, by five runs as they defended a 142 target in 18 overs.
Nathan Buck struck three times for the Lightning, who would have been happy to restrict their hosts to 141-7.
But things went downhill from 87-3 in the eleventh over of the chase.
Fledgling left-arm spinner Karl Carver removed Steven Croft and Liam Livingstone in the eleventh to leave Lancashire five down.
They later failed to get 12 off the last over, being bowled out for 136.
WHAT THEY SAID
Lancashire Captain Steven Croft is relishing the prospect of taking on the old enemy, saying: “Roses games get the most out of the lads.”
“The lads are always up for a Roses game at home, and we’ll want to put the Leicestershire mistakes right,” continued the all-rounder, who wasn’t too downhearted regarding the Foxes loss.
“After that good win at Durham, an early loss can bring you back down to earth and remind you not to take things for granted.
“If we learn from those mistakes, it can be a good thing.
“It will probably feel like an international game with the crowd, and hopefully we play a good game and get back on a winning track.
“They’ve usually got a good side full of internationals.
“We’ve got a great record in T20 cricket at Emirates Old Trafford, and Roses games get the most out of the lads.
“We want to win every game of cricket, but Leicestershire wasn’t a train wreck.
“We played some good cricket and some average cricket. We have to take the good from it and learn from our mistakes.”
Check out the other fixtures taking place in the NatWest T20 Blast (North group) on Friday 14 July:
- Worcestershire Rapids v Leicestershire Foxes, New Road
- Birmingham Bears v Northants Steelbacks, Edgbaston
Last Yorkshire tickets available
There are a small number of VIP tickets still available for the #GameofRoses Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings fixture, sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 14 July.
For just £79, you will not only get access to this fixture which has seen general admission tickets sell out in record time, but will also receive a two-course buffet meal, one complimentary arrival drink*, access to The Point facilities, Afternoon tea, access to a private cash bar and much more.
Hurry and buy your tickets before we sell out, with just a few tickets available for this fixture.