Notts vs Lancs Semi-Final, Vitality T20 Blast 2020
The two most successful teams in this tournament’s history in terms of match wins, Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Lancashire Lightning meet in the second semi-final of the Vitality T20 Blast 2020 Finals Day at Edgbaston on October 3. The live action starts at 14:30 local time.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws thrashed Lancashire in the group stage as the two teams finished first and second in the North Group. Nottinghamshire needed the powerplay countback to beat Leicestershire Foxes after a tie in the quarter-final, however – and even that was thanks to a misfield off the final ball.
Lancashire Lightning, on the other hand, ended the group stage with a bit of a whimper but they roared back in the quarter-finals. After setting Sussex 141 to win, thanks largely to Steven Croft and Dane Vilas, they then bowled Sussex out for 95 with Liam Livingstone (4-23) and Matt Parkinson (3-9) the pick of the bowlers.
Nottinghamshire vs Lancashire Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports Cricket
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Nottinghamshire vs Lancashire Toss Prediction
Lancashire were asked to bat first in the quarter-final and this could be a bowl-first wicket too.
Rain is forecast all day in Birmingham on Saturday and the reserve day is going to be needed – although the weather on Sunday is only marginally less wet.
Wet weather usually means an Edgbaston wicket that gives the bowlers a little more.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Lancashire Lightning, Vitality T20 Blast 2020.
Nottinghamshire Team News & Playing 11
Nottinghamshire Team News
Nottinghamshire Outlaws were at near enough full strength last time out of those available and, despite just a narrow win, they could be unchanged for the semi-final.
Nottinghamshire Key Players
- Alex Hales: May not have showed it last time out but the explosive opener is the key man for Nottinghamshire at the top of the order.
- Joe Clarke: His top-score of 35 from 22 balls last time out means he now has 351 runs in nine innings this season, at a strike rate of 177.27.
- Jake Ball: Moved to 16 wickets in eight matches when he claimed 2-30 last time out and even bowled a maiden over.
Nottinghamshire Team Form
Nottinghamshire Outlaws’ only North Group defeat came against Leicestershire, though they beat Durham to end the group stage on a high. Still, they nearly missed out against the Foxes last time out again. Dan Christian and Jake Ball each took two wickets as they were set 140 to win, but it was only thanks to some late misfields that they tied with 139/7 themselves in reply. Notts progressed purely because they had scored more in the powerplay.
Nottinghamshire Predicted Playing 11
Chris Nash, Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores (wk), Dan Christian (c), Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Imad Wasim, Matthew Carter, Jake Ball
Lancashire Team News & Playing 11
Lancashire Team News
Lancashire could stick with a winning side for this semi-final, with Liam Livingstone up the order and Keaton Jennings fit again at number three. Richard Gleeson is out with a back injury, and Tom Bailey and Josh Bohanon are among the players fighting for a Finals Day recall.
Lancashire Key Players
- Liam Livingstone: Hit a modest 16 with the bat, despite two sixes, but then erased last year’s painful quarter-final memories with an excellent 4-23 with the ball.
- Alex Davies: Hit four half-centuries in the group stage, most recently in the final game against Leicestershire, and he showed some smart glovework too.
- Matt Parkinson: Finished with excellent bowling figures of 3-9 from his three overs last time out to prove his worth as the primary spin bowler.
Lancashire Team Form
Lancashire ended the group stage with defeats to Durham and Leicestershire Foxes but they were back to winning ways last time out. Steven Croft (41) and Dane Vilas (40) lifted the Lightning to 140/8 and Liam Livingstone and Matt Parkinson shared seven wickets between them to help bowl Sussex out for 95 in reply.
Lancashire Predicted Playing 11
Alex Davies (wk), Liam Livingstone, Keaton Jennings, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas (c), Rob Jones, Luke Wood, Tom Bailey, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Hartley, Matt Parkinson
Nottinghamshire Outlaws to beat Lancashire Lightning at 1.61 with Bet365.