MATCH PREVIEW: Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning
Preview #GameofRoses at Headingley
Yorkshire v Lancashire, Vitality Blast
Thursday 9 August, 2018
Emerald Headingley, 7pm
The old foes meet again - and Lancashire fans will be desperate for a repeat of last month’s blockbuster win at Emirates Old Trafford, by one run defending a target of 177 in 14 overs.
In fact, they need a repeat given a recent run of three defeats in four games to harm their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Blast.
Another sell out crowd will witness a crucial North Group clash at Emerald Headingley.
Yorkshire head into it on the back of successive home victories against Leicestershire and Northamptonshire last week.
They are third in the group on 12 points and Lancashire fourth on eleven. This is the first of four remaining North Group games.
Yorkshire will be without Liam Plunkett, who has been sidelined with a hip injury, but fellow England limited overs international David Willey is available, as is New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
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Yorkshire suffered a mixed start to their Blast campaign, but they have won their last two and seem to be finding form at just the right time.
Unfortunately, it has been a case of the opposite for Lancashire, who have stumbled in the last fortnight after a flying start, highlighted by last night’s defeat to Durham when they failed to get six off the last over with four wickets in hand.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has scored back-to-back fifties, while ex-Northants seamer Jack Brooks is in good form having not played T20 cricket for three years prior to this summer.
Coach Andrew Gale believes they have one of the best top threes in the Blast, with Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore opening and England limited overs all-rounder David Willey at three.
Liam Livingstone hit a stunning 79 off 37 balls as Lancashire beat Roses rivals Yorkshire in a dramatic last ball finish last month.
The Red Rose captain hit six sixes in 176-2 from just 14 overs at Emirates Old Trafford after the match was reduced by rain (7.45pm start).
England Test captain Joe Root made an unbeaten 51 off just 22 balls, and Adam Lyth a brilliant 60 from 26 as Yorkshire went close.
They needed 17 from the final over, with young seamer Toby Lester keeping them to 15 in a one-run win to leave the Lightning top of the North Group with five wins from six.
A crowd of 22,515 – a record for a Blast game outside of London and Finals Day – packed in for this star-studded clash of the old rivals, with Jos Buttler available for Lancashire.
In all, there were 14 players with international experience involved.
WHAT THEY SAID
“We wanted to make our road (into the quarter-finals) easier,” said captain Dane Vilas.
“If we had won beforehand and this last game (Durham), it would have made things easier.
“But we just have to focus on each game at a time now.
“We have a massive game coming up, the second leg of the Roses. That’s going to be huge in itself. We just have to focus on that.
“There’s going to be a little bit extra on it. You want to win every game, but it makes it better if it’s a Roses game.
“The last one was an epic T20 game, and hopefully we can have the same result but not as tight.
“Maybe it would be something to give us a kick-start and create some momentum going into the last three games.”