Match Preview: Lancashire Lightning vs Yorkshire Vikings
Lancashire v Yorkshire, Vitality Blast, North Group
Friday July 20, 2018
Emirates Old Trafford, 6.30pm
What a night this promises to be!
A near sell out and the majority of the England players available, including Lightning ace Jos Buttler and Test captain Joe Root for the Vikings, Emirates Old Trafford will be rocking on Friday night.
Both counties head into this second Roses clash of the summer - Yorkshire won the first in the Royal London one-day Cup - well placed in the North Group.
Yorkshire have won three from four, while Lancashire are top of the table having won four from five, the latest being at Leicestershire on Wednesday night when Liam Livingstone starred with ball, in the field and with bat.
The skipper took a career best 4-17 with his off-spinners and took two catches as the Foxes were bowled out for 142 before he opened the batting and smashed 28 off 11 balls, underpinning an eight-wicket win.
Lancashire have won two of the last three home Roses T20s, with last year’s clash a rain-affected tie settled on Duckworth Lewis Stern.
Lancashire will have to make at one change from their Leicester win given Buttler’s availability, although they could bring back an extra spinner as well in Stephen Parry.
Yorkshire have named England players Root, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and David Willey in their squad, while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson makes his first appearance of his fourth spell as an overseas player for the White Rose.
Yorkshire, semi-finalists in the recent RL50, have beaten Durham twice and Worcestershire once - last time out at New Road. Their only defeat was against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston a couple of Sundays ago.
Experienced seamers Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson, their new captain, have both impressed with five wickets apiece so far, while Adam Lyth, wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall, Harry Brook and Gary Ballance have all scored between 130 and 150 runs.
Yorkshire won the last meeting at Emerald Headingley last August, triumphing by 19 runs as they defended 182-7.
After the hosts got off to a flyer at 95-0 in the eighth over, with Adam Lyth top-scoring with 50 off 29 balls and opening partner Tom Kohler-Cadmore hitting 45 off 29, the Lightning dragged it back well.
Matt Parkinson returned a career best 4-23 from four overs.
Unfortunately, Lancashire lost wickets too regularly throughout their chase, and they were bowled out for 163.
Steven Croft top-scored with 62, but it wasn't enough as the Lightning suffered a significant dent to their qualification hopes.
Earlier in the competition, the rivals played out a rain-affected tie at Emirates Old Trafford.
WHAT THEY SAID:
In-form captain Liam Livingstone, who has 209 runs from five outings, including a century, to go with six wickets and three catches, is relishing the prospect of taking on the Yorkies.
“They’re great games to be involved in,” he said.
“It’s going to be pretty close to international cricket. It’s great they've got Joe Root back, and we’ve obviously got Jos.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming him back. He’s obviously in the form of his life. He’s adding quality to our team, and it’s going to great fun.”
Head Coach Glen Chapple added: “It’s going to be packed with nearly 23,000 in.
“We talked about this week because we’ve had a decent start to the competition. Going to Leicester was going to be tough. They’re a solid team, especially at home.
“It was a great night for us, But Friday’s going to be another challenge with all the Test players back. Both teams look strong, and it will be a great night.”
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