"Lancashire vs Yorkshire is the best game in the world" - David Lloyd
Lancashire versus Yorkshire is the best of the best in world T20 cricket, says Red Rose legend David Lloyd.
No other fixture compares to the drama and buzz of a Roses clash, be it at Emirates Old Trafford or Headingley, meaning that nights such as this Friday are amongst Bumble’s favourite of the summer.
The former Lancashire captain has signed up to be part of the commentary team on the county’s popular and successful live streaming service this summer, which will be available for all non-televised Vitality Blast home fixtures.
Lloyd became synonymous with both the Blast and the Roses fixtures down the years when working for Sky Sports.
He will not be in the commentary box this Friday, with the streaming service unavailable due to live television coverage. Instead, he will be watching on as a fan when the actions kicks off in front of a bumper crowd at 6.30pm.
“Roses nights are absolutely fantastic,” he said. “At both venues, Emirates Old Trafford and Headingley.
“A Blast game against Yorkshire, all you need is the weather to play ball because the players will do the business. It’s a rocking occasion, it really is.
“I’m a bit biased, but for me Lancashire v Yorkshire is the best game in the world. There are lots of different competitions that have cropped up over the years, but nothing beats this game.
“It’s a fixture, with all its moments, which has stood the test of time since 2003. The Blast has as well, it’s a fabulous competition.
“Thinking back down the years with games at Emirates Old Trafford and the one that sticks out is Aaron Finch hitting the top of The Point twice in two deliveries (2014).
“It’s the same for both teams. You want to turn the other lot over. It’s the same in four-day cricket, one-day cricket or in the T20 Blast. It’s a special victory.”
Lloyd continued: “I’m really looking forward to this competition. It’s a great time of year.
“It’s always a lot of fun when you look around the grounds and see them full of people having a great time.
“You’ve always got fingers crossed for the weather, of course. There might be a bit of Sweet Caroline going on too!”
Lancashire are amongst the favourites to win this season’s Blast, what would be the Lightning’s second title after success under Steven Croft back in 2015.
This time it will be Dane Vilas who leads the charge, but with Croft’s experience to count on.
They are part of a squad including the likes of Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Phil Salt, Singapore-born Australian overseas batter Tim David and Matthew Parkinson.
It means that confidence is high amongst players, coaches and supporters, including Lloyd.
He added: “You need firepower with the bat, which they have all the way down the order. There are some star names who will play for Lancashire, but I once saw Josh Bohannon get a hundred off 48 balls in the second team. That just shows the depth they have, which will be important when players come and go for international calls and things like that.
“You also need variety with the ball and spin both ways, which they’ve got with Livingstone and Parkinson.
“They have a great chance this year, they really have.”
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