The Vitality T20 blast is soon nearing its end with only seven games being left and the 1st quarterfinal happening today between Lancashire vs Essex. The game will be played Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, beginning at 11:30 P.M. IST.
The North group leaders, Lancashire, had a good season with eight victories from 14 games. Managing to bag the first spot on the points table, the team is now moving forward to the first quarter-final of the season in full action.
On the other hand, sitting at the fourth spot in the points table, Essex from the South Group had a lucky season this year. The team became the first to qualify for the quarter-finals with as low as five victories in hand since the game changed to a 14-match competition. The credit goes rain & washed out games. Meanwhile, Lancashire has had the upper hand in the group stage amongst the two, Essex is by no means behind their opponents in terms of momentum & the will to win.
The game will be happening at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. The pitch is known to be a batting paradise, supporting big scores on the board. However, the pitch has something to offer for everyone as the bowlers too find assistance on the ground. The team winning the toss will opt to bat first keeping in mind the big scores, the pitch has to offer.
The weather is expected to be quite against a full-game with the precipitation levels around 39%. Thus, rain can play a spoilsport, reducing the game to certain overs. The temperature will be around 13 degrees Celsius & with 71& humidity.
Probable Playing XI
Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas(w/c), James Faulkner, Keaton Jennings, Josh Bohannon, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matthew Parkinson
Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Adam Wheater(w), Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer(c), James Porter, Adam Zampa