A closer look: Worcestershire Rapids
Can the Rapids back up their Blast 18 win with another strong showing this year?
Titles: 1 (2018)
Finals Days: 1
Coach: Alex Gidman – Part of the successful Gloucestershire one-day side of the 2000s. In charge of Vitality Blast-winning side last summer in partnership with Alan Richardson.
Captain: Moeen Ali – The England all-rounder led the Rapids to glory at Edgbaston last September with two fine displays on Finals Day. Brett D’Oliveira is the official white-ball vice-captain in his absence.
Overseas signings: Martin Guptill (New Zealand - available for 11 of the Blast group games plus any quarter-final or Finals Day if Worcestershire qualify).
The Narrative: After losing several quarter-finals, the confidence gained from the 2018 final win over Sussex was massive and there is a belief in the squad that they can make a strong defence of their title after being one of the leading sides in all white-ball cricket in recent seasons.
Star Man: Pat Brown - He was the leading wicket-taker in the competition last summer with 31 victims and only injuries prevented him from being picked up by various franchises during the winter. Is now back fit and looking to repeat last year’s heroics.
Mr Consistency: Ben Cox - Time and time again the wicketkeeper-batsman has been the player for the big occasion as demonstrated with his two man-of-the-match awards on 2018 Finals Day but also chips in with crucial contributions on a regular basis.
Under the radar: Brett D’Oliveira - His leg-spin bowling, ability to score quickfire runs and brilliant fielding makes him an invaluable member of the side alongside big names like Martin Guptill, Riki Wessels, Callum Ferguson and Ross Whiteley.
Killer stat: Martin Guptill scored the second fastest ever domestic T20 century last summer against Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road off 35 balls.
Buy your Vitality Blast tickets
Don’t forget to buy your tickets to watch Lancashire Lightning in the second home Vitality Blast fixture of the summer against Worcestershire Rapids on Friday 26 July.