Opposition Preview: Worcestershire Rapids
Lancashire Lightning take on Worcestershire Rapids to the Vitality Blast opener at Emirates Old Trafford today (6:30pm start).
Find out more about our opposition here.
Lancashire v Worcestershire, Vitality Blast, North Group
Thursday July 5, 2018
Emirates Old Trafford, 6.30pm.
T20 RECORD – no Finals Day appearances, best performance is quarter-finals in 2004, 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2015
Last season – finished eighth in North Group
Captain – Moeen Ali
Overseas players – At various stages Martin Guptill, Travis Head, Callum Ferguson
Big hitter – Ross Whiteley – the left hander last summer became the first ever Englishman to score six sixes in an over in ANY format of the game in a Blast match against Yorkshire’s left arm spinner Karl Carver at Headingley. That kind of power-hitting helped earn Whiteley a lucrative winter playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, the inaugural T10 tournament in Sharjah and the Pakistan Super League. Whiteley feels he has learnt from those experiences and on his day is one of the most destructive batsmen in Blast and all white ball cricket.
Key Bowler – Brett D’Oliveira – his impact with the ball in Championship cricket has been limited but in white ball cricket D’Oliveira is a key component of the Worcestershire attack. He has developed into one of the most economical bowlers in Blast cricket in recent seasons and gone toe to toe with fellow spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mitchell Santner during their spells at Blackfinch New Road. Harnessed to his own destructive hitting, D’Oliveira will have a key role in all facets of the game if the Rapids are to make a first finals day appearance.
Wild card – Martin Guptill – the New Zealand batsman, and former Lancashire batsman, is with the Rapids for the first eight games of the Blast and, if on song, will add even more fire-power to an impressive looking line-up. Guptill can take any attack apart on his day and, with the likes of Travis Head, Callum Ferguson, Joe Clarke and Ross Whiteley for company, the Rapids batting line-up represents their best chance of qualifying from the North Group. Head, who captained the Adelaide Strikers to the Big Bash title this year, and his fellow Aussie Ferguson, who hit the County’s highest List A score of 192 in the One-Day Cup, could also entertain Rapids fans if they fire on all cylinders.
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2018 Lancashire Lightning T20 fixtures:
- Worcestershire Rapids, Thu 5 July - TICKETS
- Northants Steelbacks (Trafford LIVE), Sun 8 July - TICKETS
- Derbyshire Falcons (Bails & Ales), Sat 14 July - TICKETS
- Yorkshire Vikings, Fri 20 July - TICKETS
- Leicestershire Foxes (Fancy Dress), Fri 3 Aug - TICKETS
- Durham Jets, Tue 7 Aug - TICKETS
- Birmingham Bears (Friday Night LIVE), Fri 10 Aug - TICKETS