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Lancashire have a 23-13 head-to-head record against Derbyshire in the Vitality T20 Blast.
Back Lancashire as the winners of this match.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Lancashire are fourth in the North Group table in the 2023 Vitality Blast and have a solid chance of making the knockout stages. They have 12 points from 11 matches at a net run rate of 0.223 and have three matches remaining. Their next match is against Derbyshire, a team they have already beaten once earlier this season. Derbyshire, too, have played 11 matches and have earned 11 points at a net run rate of 0.436. They are in sixth place and will need a win here to keep themselves in the hunt.
Lancashire are coming off a 7-wicket loss against Worcestershire. However, that loss came after three wins on the trot, and hence shouldn’t bother them much. After opting to bat first at New Road, Lancashire put up a below-par 164-8 on the board and Worcestershire chased the target with relative ease. The good news for Lancashire is that Jos Buttler top-scored with a fantastic 74 off 54 balls – his highest score of this season. Buttler hasn’t had the greatest of seasons by his standards but is slowly regaining his touch, scoring two fifties in his last four matches.
Daryl Mitchell (383 runs in 11 innings at an average of 47.87 and a strike rate of 164.37) is their leading run-getter of the season and will be the main batter to watch out for in these last three league games. Another batter who can make an impact is the experienced Steven Croft, fresh off his maiden Twenty20 hundred against Northamptonshire last Friday.
Captain Liam Livingstone (206 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 143) hasn’t really fired this season, but we are backing him to make a substantial contribution in any of these last three matches.
In the bowling department, left-arm fast seamer Luke Wood (14 wickets in 11 innings at an economy of 7.60) has been the most consistent.
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (wk), Luke Wells, Steven Croft, Liam Livingstone (c), Daryl Mitchell, Dane Vilas, Rob Jones, Tom Hartley, Luke Wood, Jack Blatherwick
Derbyshire have found some momentum in their last three matches. They tied a game with Durham, then registered a whopping 144-run win against Yorkshire, and followed it up with a six-wicket win against Northamptonshire. Against Northamptonshire, they chased a target of 157 in 19.1 overs with contributions from captain Leus du Plooy (40* off 23 balls) and opener Harry Came (43 off 40 balls). Du Plooy has now taken his season’s tally to 241 runs at a strike rate of 174.63.
Wayne Madsen is the team’s highest run-getter this season, amassing 486 runs in 11 innings at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 148.62. Haider Ali (317 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 135.47) has been very consistent as well and is another batter worth keeping an eye out for.
Derbyshire have a number of bowlers to bank on. Fast bowler Zak Chappell (20 wickets in 11 innings at an economy of 8.85) leads the attack, while Zaman Khan (19 wickets in 11 matches at an economy of 8.30) and George Scrimshaw (17 wickets in 11 matches at an economy of 8.46) have consistently delivered in the middle overs.
Luis Reece, Haider Ali, Leus du Plooy (c), Wayne Madsen, Harry Came, Brooke Guest (wk), Mattie McKiernan, Zak Chappell, Alex Thomson, George Scrimshaw, Zaman Khan
The pitch at Emirates Old Trafford has a balanced surface. The track assists pacers with the new ball, but it is also great to bat on. Once batters see off the first few overs, they will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat nicely. There have been three matches played on this pitch, and spinners may come into play now as the surface becomes a little slower. In the last 10 matches here, pacers have taken 57 wickets, while spinners have taken 50.
The weather in Manchester during the match is expected to be mostly cloudy, but there’s no rain on the radar.
The average first innings score at Emirates Old Trafford in the Vitality Blast is 152. The highest total posted at the venue is 231-4 by Lancashire against Yorkshire in 2015. The highest total here this season is Lancashire’s 208-4 versus Nottinghamshire. The team batting first in this match should look to set a total of around 190 runs.
Out of the three matches played at the Emirates Old Trafford this season in the Blast, two have been won by the team batting first. Traditionally, this venue has favored the team batting first in T20 cricket, so that’s what the captain who wins the toss is likely to do.
Lancashire has dominated their recent matchups against Derbyshire, securing victories in eight out of the last 10 games. They will also take confidence from the fact that they beat Derbyshire earlier this season and are playing at home. However, Derbyshire’s new-found momentum makes them a dangerous opposition. They are riding high on confidence and have a good balance both in their batting and bowling. This could be a tight game, but Lancashire’s home advantage and Buttler’s form gives them the edge.
Back Lancashire as the winners of this match.
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