MATCH PREVIEW: Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws
After a stumble within the closing two video games, briefly comes an opportunity to get again at the horse with a gathering in opposition to a Notts aspect who they’re hoping to finish a T20 season’s double in opposition to for the primary time since 2009.
Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws
Vitality Blast, North Group
Sunday June 19, 2022, 2.30pm
Blackpool Cricket Club, Stanley Park
The Lightning have handiest ever beat Notts two times in a season two times ahead of, the opposite time coming in 2008.
Much extra importantly, the county are aiming to get well from contemporary away defeats in opposition to Durham and Northamptonshire – the latter coming closing night time once they didn’t protect 154 at Wantage Road and misplaced by means of seven wickets.
This is a conflict, the primary ever county T20 fixture at Blackpool, between two of the arena’s maximum a success T20 aspects wins smart, the Lightning and the Outlaws each successful 132 video games and at the back of handiest Indian Premier League duo Mumbai (140) and Chennai (136).
The Lightning’s early season 87-run win at Trent Bridge has contributed to Dane Vilas and co taking peak spot within the North Group desk.
But it’s imaginable they may get started the next day’s sport as little as 3rd within the desk as a result of each Yorkshire and Northants beneath them within the desk play as of late and may leapfrog them. Yorkshire go back and forth to Derbyshire and Northants to Worcestershire.
Lancashire are peak with 13 issues from 9 video games, the similar as Northants however with a greater web run-rate. Birmingham are 3rd with 12 issues from 9, whilst Yorkshire are fourth with 11 from 9. But the Vikings have a greater web run-rate than everybody else within the team.
Both aspects come into this sport at the again of defeats closing night time.
While Lancashire had been crushed by means of Northants, Nottinghamshire conceded a Blast file overall of 261-2 in opposition to Birmingham Bears at Trent Bridge and didn’t chase it down, shedding by means of 55 runs.
This has been a sluggish begin to the contest for the 2020 champions, who’ve misplaced 4 in their first 8 video games.
And you would need to say, realistically, this can be a will have to win sport for the Outlaws, who take a seat 7th within the desk with seven issues having received handiest thrice.
We have turn into familiar with Nottinghamshire being bang on the right track for the quarter-finals at this degree in a North Group marketing campaign, then again Peter Moores and his aspect have important paintings to do now. A defeat at the Fylde Coast and they’d have a mountain to climb.
The Outlaws have veteran Australian all-rounder Dan Christian as their captain and are rotating seamers James Pattinson (Australia) and Dane Paterson (South Africa) to play as their 2d in another country. The latter two are each shriveled at Trent Bridge for the overall summer time.
Paterson performed in opposition to the Bears and conceded 36 in two overs as a part of the guests’ file 261-2 overall.
Opposing participant to observe
Former England opener Alex Hales is each the Outlaws’ main run-scorer on this season’s pageant (201) and in addition of their historical past (4,186).
He is a tall and robust 33-year-old with 141 global caps throughout all codecs, however none since early 2019 following a far publicised fallout with the England control.
Hales will hope to go 10,000 profession T20 runs this marketing campaign. He these days has 9,672 to his title with 5 loads in 344 fits.
The right-hander is harmful on all sides of the wicket, even though is especially crowd pleasing when hitting directly down the bottom.
He is an ordinary at the world-wide T20 circuit, enjoying maximum just lately for Sydney Thunder in Australia and Islamabad United within the Pakistan Super League.
Lancashire ended a run of 9 consecutive Trent Bridge defeats in opposition to Nottinghamshire within the Blast (May 31) by means of sending the Outlaws crashing to 91 all out in pursuit of 178.
Notts’ lowest overall of their T20 historical past contributed to an 87-run loss because the Lightning took their begin to the 2022 North Group to 2 wins and a tie.
Opener Keaton Jennings top-scored with 55 in Lancashire’s 178-7, a aggressive overall.
Jennings used to be ably supported by means of a chain of cameos, essentially the most notable of them being Liam Livingstone’s 30. They had shared shared 62 for the second one wicket to advance from 27-1.
But Notts had been in all kinds of issues at 11-4 after 11 balls in their chase, with Tom Hartley, Liam Livingstone and Richard Gleeson placing so as to add to a run out.
Hartley and Gleeson, who took the brand new ball, went directly to strike two times apiece, whilst Livingstone ensured a very good non-public night time with 3-33 from 3.4 overs, together with the wicket of house top-scorer Luke Fletcher for 21.
Fletcher used to be closing guy out within the fifteenth over.
What they stated
Dane Vilas is hoping for higher from his gamers at Blackpool the next day after reflecting on an off day at Northamptonshire closing night time.
The Lightning captain admitted his aspect lacked the punch required to safe North Group win quantity seven in opposition to a Northamptonshire aspect who’re matching them stride for stride.
Lancashire controlled handiest 153-7, a complete which used to be reeled in within 17 overs.
“Getting beaten in the manner in which we did was disappointing,” stated Vilas. “It wasn’t an ideal efficiency all-round from us.
“We weren’t on the requirements we set ourselves, and I feel everybody will probably be disillusioned at how we went about it as a staff.
“I feel we had been a bit of bit shy with the bat and left 10-20 runs available in the market.
“So, we knew it was going to be a tough ask. I thought we would have been a bit better with the ball and in the field and thought we had a chance. But they took it away from us early on and made it very difficult.”
Lancashire are lacking Phil Salt, Liam Livingstone and Luke Wood on account of ODI responsibility within the Netherlands, the similar excursion Jos Buttler is on. But he’s but to play a Blast sport this season.
Josh Bohannon and Rob Jones got here in for his or her first video games of the season within the Blast, scoring 4 and 11.
Vilas added: “It is tough for the guys coming in, but we have every confidence in them.”
Tim David has already hit essentially the most sixes by means of any Lancashire participant in one Blast marketing campaign, together with his tally of 23 already topping the 17 scored by means of each Karl Brown in 2014 and Liam Livingstone in 2018.