It’s the third quarterfinal of the Vitality T20 Blast 2022, and the Lancashire Lightning will face the Essex Eagles. Both teams enter the game with high confidence after finishing the league stage with a win. Lancashire defeated Birmingham Bears in their previous game, while the Eagles defeated Glamorgan.
Lancashire Lightning hasn’t lost a home game this season, so this would be a boost to their confidence. They have a strong bowling attack, which is essential for a venue like this. The Eagles come in after a big win in their last game, and they want to keep that momentum going. Given the strengths of the two teams, this would be a close contest.
The Quarter Final 3 between Lancashire vs Essex will take place on July 8th, 2022 at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.
Match Details to Note
Match: Lancashire vs Essex, Quarter Final 3, T20 Blast 2022
Date: July 08, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 11:00 PM IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Lancashire vs Essex Team Previews
Dane Vilas’ team is coming off a confidence-boosting win over the Birmingham Bears. It was a close game that the team won by two wickets, gaining momentum ahead of the big game. So far, the team has had a successful season with both the bat and the ball. They play a very strong team here, and Vilas would like to see his players put in a good effort and advance to the semifinals.
They have a strong opening pair in Philip Salt and Keaton Jennings, who will look to get the game started on a high note. Vilas has performed admirably in the middle order, and he will be required to score runs. Both Steven Croft and Tim David will be under pressure in this game. Down the order, they can also expect runs from Luke Wells, Danny Lamb, and Luke Wood.
In this game, Luke Wood and Richard Gleeson will be under a lot of pressure to put on a good performance against a strong bowling attack. For the side to be in a good position, Danny Lamb and Tom Hartley would have to bowl crucial spells in the middle overs. The team would like to see Matthew Parkinson put his experience to good use in this crucial match.
Dane Vilas (c), Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Tim David, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Liam Hurt, Keaton Jennings, Danny Lamb, Liam Livingstone, Matthew Parkinson, Philip Salt, Luke Wells, Luke Wood, Tom Bailey, Joshua Boyden, Rob Jones, George Bell, Jos Buttler
Predicted XI: Dane Vilas (c), Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Croft, Tim David, Luke Wells, Danny Lamb, Luke Wood, Tom Hartley, Richard Gleeson, Matthew Parkinson
Simon Harmer’s team had a strong finish to the league stages. They come here after a 69-run victory over Glamorgan, and their spirits are high. It will not be easy against the Lancashire Lightning in the opponent’s dent, and Harmer will look to get the best performance out of his players in this game so that he can advance to the next round.
In the previous game, Adam Rossington and Robin Das put up a solid opening wicket stand, and the same can be expected here. In the previous game, Paul Walter and Daniel Lawrence hit match-winning runs, and the team expects similar performances from them and Michael Pepper in the middle order. Daniel Sams and Harmer bolster the team’s batting attack.
In the previous game, Aaron Beard and Daniel Sams delivered early blows with the new ball, and the team would welcome a repeat performance from them. Harmer is an experienced campaigner, and the team is hoping for a strong performance from him in the middle overs. Ben Allison and Paul Walter add variety to this attack, and they must be alert in order for the team to win.
Simon Harmer (c), Daniel Sams, Ben Allison, William Buttleman, Samuel Cook, Matthew Critchley, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Adam Rossington, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Jamal Richards, Feroze Khushi, Daniel Lawrence, Aaron Beard, Robin Das, Luc Benkenstein
Predicted XI: Simon Harmer (c), Adam Rossington (wk), Robin Das, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Daniel Lawrence, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Daniel Sams, Aaron Beard, Ben Allison, Samuel Cook
Lancashire vs Essex Toss Prediction
Most teams have won games at this venue by batting first in the past. The pitch at Old Trafford is notorious for becoming slower as the game progresses, and we’ve seen teams struggle to chase down scores. In this game, the team batting first will have no hesitation in doing so.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Old Trafford in Manchester has a flat surface, but it is also known to help fast bowlers in the early overs when the ball can move. Batsmen can play their strokes because the ball is landing nicely on the bat. Spinners have also done well in this situation because the ball grips the surface and turns.
On July 8, the skies over Manchester would be cloudy. Batting conditions are expected to be difficult because the bowlers will get the ball moving in the early overs. The pitch is flat, and batsmen will be able to score runs once their eyes are set in. In this high-pressure match, the team batting first will be pleased to have 170 runs on the board.
Lancashire vs Essex Match Prediction
The Essex Eagles have had a fantastic second half of the season. However, the team will be concerned about its bowling attack as they prepare for this game because most of their bowlers haven’t been in the best shape so far. The Lancashire Lightning has not lost a single game at home, and they will be considered favorites to win this game when they take the field.
Lancashire is the favourite to beat Essex at the odds of 1.90.
- Essex Eagles’ bowlers have been out of form, with no bowler ranking among the top 15 wicket-takers.
- Lancashire Lightning have won all of their games at Manchester this season, which gives them an advantage.
- Lancashire Lightning also have depth in their batting lineup, which gives them an advantage in a high-pressure game.