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The Game of Roses clash is again on the horizon as Yorkshire gets ready to host Lancashire. The two sides are right next to each other on the league table at the moment and are both in the top-4 but need a win to stave off the chasing pack which is very close behind.
Yorkshire has won its last two games coming into this contest while Lancashire has lost its last three completed games. Both sides tend to lift their game for this traditional rivalry and we expect them to go hard at each other this time around as well.
There are a lot of things going Yorkshire’s way right now and they will be confident of emerging victorious in this clash. Its best batsmen have been in good form and scoring runs consistently led by the unstoppable Kane Williamson.
The Kiwi superstar is not the typical T20 batsman who tries to slog every ball into the boundary but still manages to score at a strike rate of above 150. He has 233 runs from his six innings, has scored two fifties, and been not out on two occasions.
His form promises much more to come in the near future.
The highest scorer for the team meanwhile has been Adam Lyth with 277 runs to his name. Playing some of the best T20 cricket that he has ever played, Lyth is responsible for giving Yorkshire a rollicking start.
With support from Gary Ballance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and David Willey, Yorkshire is able to get to good scores on most occasions. The bowling for Yorkshire is pretty decent as well led by Patterson, Brooks, and Willey. Azeem Rafiq has been very impressive in the absence of Adil Rashid as well and will be expected to spin a web around the Lancashire batsmen.
Liam Plunkett is expected to be unavailable for this game as well owing to an injury niggle.
Yorkshire has a well-balanced side with plenty of players in form and home advantage will play a part as well.
Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, KS Williamson, GS Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall, TT Bresnan, Azeem Rafiq, SA Patterson, Jack Brooks, Jordan Thompson.
Lancashire is going to go into this important game without Liam Livingstone because he has still not quite recovered from his injury. Alex Davies has taken up the mantle of scoring runs in the absence of Liam Livingstone and is doing remarkably well.
Davies has scored 382 runs batting at the top of the order with a top score of 94 not out. With five scores of fifty plus in 8 innings, he is easily Lancashire’s most dangerous batsman right now and is going to be the most important wicket for Yorkshire.
The problem that Lancashire has is that without Livingstone, its batting is not very strong. Davies is not going to be able to score runs in every single game and will fail sooner or later. If players like Lilley, Vilas, Clark, and Brown are not able to get their act together then Lancashire is going to fall short of runs in every single game.
Parkinson, Lester, and Faulkner are going to lead the bowling attack for Lancashire and they make for a very decent group. We are unsure of Zahir Khan is going to get another go in this game but if he does then he could be the unknown that Yorkshire doesn’t quite know what to do with.
Lancashire has a tough task against it going into this match. It has only won one out of its last seven completed matches in Headingley and is missing some key players going into this one. It’s going to take some real brilliance from one of its players to be able to pull this one off.
Alex Davies, Karl Brown, Arron Lilley, DJ Vilas, Steven Croft, Jordan Clark, James Faulkner, Danny Lamb, MRJ Watt, Matt Parkinson, Zahir Khan.
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The pitch in Leeds has been decent for batting although cloudy conditions always help the bowlers get some assistance. The forecast for this match is for some clouds to be around but for the rain to stay away. We should get a full match in without any interruptions.
A score of around 180 can be expected to be par.
Yorkshire is in better form, is playing at home, and has traditionally dominated encounters between the two sides at Headingley.
Back Yorkshire to win.
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