Vitality Blast 2022: Everything you need to know!
Everything Lancashire Lightning fans need to know ahead of the start of the 2022 Vitality Blast season.
WHEN DOES THE VITALITY BLAST START?
This year we are celebrating the 20th edition of the world’s longest running professional domestic T20 competition.
The 2022 Vitality Blast got underway on Wednesday this week (25 May) with a rematch of last year’s final between champions Kent Spitfires and Somerset.
Lancashire Lightning start the campaign with the small matter of a Roses T20 against Yorkshire Vikings at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 27 May.
The group stage will be played over a 40-day period with the final round-robin matches to be staged on Sunday 3 July. The quarter-finals will be played from July 6-10 before Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday July 16.
WHO IS IN THE LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING SQUAD?
Lancashire Lightning will have the returning Liam Livingstone available, whilst there’s also a new overseas addition in the shape of Tim David – both players are fresh from the IPL.
You can view the current Lancashire squad here.
WHAT ARE THE FIXTURES?
HOW MANY OVERSEAS PLAYERS CAN EACH COUNTY PLAY?
Each county can field a maximum of two overseas players in a Vitality Blast match.
There are some big-name stars signed up including Rashid Khan (Sussex Sharks), Carlos Brathwaite (Birmingham Bears), Marnus Labuschagne (Glamorgan), Qais Ahmed (Kent Spitfires), Mohammad Rizwan (Sussex Sharks), Shadab Khan (Yorkshire Vikings), Sunil Narine (Surrey) and Matthew Wade (Worcestershire Rapids).
WHAT ARE THE GROUPS AND FORMAT?
The groups remain the same with the familiar North and South split, while each county will play 14 group-stage matches (seven at home and seven away).
North Group: Birmingham Bears, Derbyshire Falcons, Durham, Lancashire Lightning, Leicestershire Foxes, Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Notts Outlaws, Worcestershire Rapids, Yorkshire Vikings
South Group: Essex Eagles, Gloucestershire, Hampshire Hawks, Kent Spitfires, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex Sharks
HOW DO COUNTIES QUALIFY FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGES?
The quarter-finals will be seeded with the higher-seeded team set to host their quarter-final. For example, the top team in the North Group will host the fourth-ranked team from the South Group in the quarter-finals.
The four winners of the quarter-finals will qualify for Finals Day at Edgbaston in July.
All knockout matches will have a reserve day should that be required.
HOW DO I BUY TICKETS?
Tickets are available to purchase for all five Lancashire Lightning home matches at Emirates Old Trafford and both at Blackpool Cricket Club, by clicking here.
HOW CAN I WATCH AND FOLLOW?
The Yorkshire Vikings match will be broadcast live and exclusive on Sky Cricket from 6.15pm.
All of Lancashire Lightning's other six home matches will be shown live via LancsTV on the Club's Official YouTube and Facebook channels.
Live ball-by-ball radio commentary will also be provided by BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read on BBC Sport's website and app.
For those unable to follow the action live, there will be regular updates on the Club's social media channels and the Match Centre, with daily highlights also posted on YouTube.