Davies: "We'll have a strong core again"
After the addition of Glenn Maxwell was confirmed for this season's Vitality Blast, Alex Davies says the Lightning can go all the way
The Club confirmed today that Maxwell’s explosive talents would return to Emirates Old Trafford alongside his countryman Faulkner for this summer’s Twenty20 tournament in a major coup for the club.
The Australian all-rounders were central to Lancashire’s success last year, when they topped the North Group only to bow out to eventual champions Essex Eagles after their quarter-final had to be staged at Durham.
“We were disappointed last year to lose the quarter-final but we’re an experienced team now and we’ll be looking to go that extra step further,” said Davies, who was man of the match when Lancashire won the 2016 Vitality Blast final.
“Maxi is a massive player for us, he did really well last year and Jimmy Faulkner is a part of the furniture. We’ll have a strong core again and we’ll be looking to go the whole way this year.”
Davies was Lancashire’s leading run-scorer in last year’s competition and is looking forward to putting his stamp on this year’s competition, which will start in May.
Tickets went on sale to all group matches this week as the club aim to build on the record sales they enjoyed in the competition last summer.
Already fans are being urged to snap up tickets for the Game of Roses clash against Yorkshire under the Emirates Old Trafford light on Friday 10 July or face missing out.
“It’s almost sold out which goes to say something at this early stage of the year,” Davies said.
“It’s the one we always look for when the fixtures come out. It’s the best game of the year and the closest we come to an international atmosphere.
“You can’t really hear your captain speak so you have to watch out for people’s hand movements. We’ve been lucky to be on the wining side on the past few occasions.
“They (Yorkshire) don’t like to come down the M62 and we’d like to keep it that way.”
This summer's the Vitality Blast will feature more prime-time matches with 110 of the 126 group stage matches on Thursday or Friday nights, or at the weekend.
General admission tickets for Finals Day have already sold out in record time and fans are being encouraged to snap up tickets early, with the competition starting in May.
Tickets are now on general sale for all seven of Lancashire's Vitality Blast 2020 matches.
Prices start from £5 adults and £1 juniors.