Dane Vilas lauds squad depth ahead of Sharks showdown
The skipper praised the strength in depth as the Lightning prepare to play for a place at Finals Day
Dane Vilas praised Lancashire Lightning's younger players for seizing the moment ahead of tomorrow's Vitality Blast quarter-final against Sussex.
Despite not having overseas stars Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner available this year, the Red Rose qualified from the North Group in second place with the fifth best record out of the eight teams to qualify.
Vilas has also been without Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood for much of the group stage, with the pair returning towards the back-end after coming away from England's international bio-secure bubble.
Ahead of the match, the 35-year-old praised the impact of all who helped earn Lancashire a knockout place for the 13th time in 18 seasons of T20 cricket.
"With the whole bubble, players in and out, a few injuries here and there which is expected in this type of time, it's good we have a good group and a good squad," he said.
"We are the second youngest squad in the competition, so it's nice we have a lot of depth coming through and we're still able to compete and get into the quarter-finals.
"The two overseas cover a lot of bases for us and are fantastic players. Jimmy is almost a local player, he's probably been here longer than me.
"We miss guys like him and Maxi, what they brought to the team last year. We miss then on the field, but you see a lot of what they installed in the team, they have kept that going.
"We are happy to be in the quarter-finals. We wanted a home quarter-final, but it'll be nice to go down there."
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