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A look at three of the hosts' key players in a stacked Sharks T20 line-up

Lancashire Lightning's trip to Hove is approaching fast as the Red Rose look to extend the season by another couple of days and take their place at Finals Day at Edgbaston once more. 

Following a second-place finish with 12 points in the North Group, the Lightning head to The 1st Central County Ground on Thursday to take on Sussex Sharks.

After exiting the 2019 Vitality Blast at this stage last year, the Red Rose have their sights firmly set on reaching the showpiece of the county season.

But it won't come easy against a Sussex side who also just missed out on reaching Edgbaston last year, finished second in the South group before falling at the same stage.

With six wins out of ten matches, the Sharks host Lancashire by virtue of being the best second-placed team across the three groups.

Ahead of Thursday’s game, we take a closer look at three men for Sussex who could cause a threat.

Phil Salt

Explosive opener Phil Salt has been a key player at the top of Sussex’s batting order.

Born in Wales but raised in Barbados, his attention moved towards cricket whilst living in the Caribbean and hSalt’s cricketing talent won him a scholarship at Reed School in Surrey, where he joined the Sussex academy and went on to make his First XI debut in 2015.

Throughout his T20 career, he has hit 1.704 runs in 73 games, with an average of 26.62 and a strike rate of 157.48, numbers which are ever-improving with age.

So far in the 2020 Vitality Blast, he has continued to build on a number of good performances from last year, where he finished as his side's leading run scorer.

In seven T20 games this season he has hit 205 runs in seven games, with a high of 56 against Middlesex.

His performances have caught the eye of England and the 24-year-old was most recently added to the One-Day squad as a reserve.

Danny Briggs

Former England international Danny Briggs is, officially, the best spinner in Vitality Blast.

No bowler has taken more English domestic T20 wickets than Sussex's slow left-armer, who joined Sussex in 2016 after a successful stint with Hampshire.

During his time with Hants he was involved in six consecutive Finals Days, and took 119 wickets in the competition for the Club.

He has enjoyed some great experiences in the games shortest format including the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka, which came not long after his international debut.

Briggs has been impressive with the ball so far in the 2020 Vitality Blast for the Sharks, taking 12 wickets in nine games this season. 

Throughout the course of his T20 career, the bowler has taken a total of 186 wickets, with an average of 21.89 and an economy rate of 7.23.

Luke Wright

Like team mate Briggs, Sussex captain Luke Wright has been a stalwart of Vitality Blast since its inception and has enjoyed a consistent Vitality Blast campaign with the bat this time around.

So far this season he has hit 375 runs in 10 games and is leading the way for his side, both as skipper and with bat in hand.

The 35-year-old's best performance came 'El Clasicoast' against Hampshire, where he smoked 83 live on Sky Sports for one his two half-centuries this campaign.

Wright is one of the most experienced T20 players in the competition with 324 matches under his belt, scoring a total of 7,962 runs with an average of 29.05.

The batsman is no stranger to success in the games shortest format and was part of the England side that won the World T20 in 2010.

His stock has also been high overseas, with experience in the Big Bash and the IPL.

While in Australia he set a then-record for the fastest century in BBL history, hitting 100 off 44 balls, and is widely considered as one of the best to pull on a Melbourne Stars jersey.

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