Yorkshire will take on Lancashire in their NatWest T20 Blast 2015 tie on Friday and this will be televised live across the world. Also get all the Yorkshire v Lancashire betting tips for this game that will be played at Headingley.
A Jos Buttler special look Lancashire to a thrilling last-ball win. The match could well have ended in a tie but for a run-out chance missed off the last ball when they needed just to win. Earlier, requiring 17 to win the game from the last over, Buttler hit a six and two fours to bring the equation down in his favour but only two singles came off the next two balls.
Yorkshire had scored 185 for eight in their 20 overs, but Buttler’s 35-ball 71 took them home.
Story so far:
It started out with a couple of wins for Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 Blast season when they defeated Derbyshire and the much fancied Nottinghamshire in their first couple of matches but they failed to chase down Durham’s stiff 183. They fell six runs short.
At one stage in that game though, Yorkshire could have well been bowled out for way less but Tim Bresnan mounted a stunning assault towards the end with a 19-ball 30 and could had it not been for losing strike at the start of the 19th over, could have well guided them even closer.
Glenn Maxwell, who had a very poor IPL by anyone’s standards, has played in two of those three games in the tournament and continues to have batting problems. His returns have been 20 & 8 and in the County Championship game he featured against Somerset, Maxwell made 0 & 2.
Runner-up last season, Lancashire started their campaign off with a thrilling win against Leicestershire when they chased down 142 off the last ball of the final over (15-over-a-side game), thanks to Steven Croft’s 70.
However since then, they have lost to Durham and Derbyshire, and what will make it worse for them is they did that batting second and first respectively. Croft failed in both those innings and the batting just fell apart after that.
What should help Lancashire is the presence of James Faulkner, who joined the team for their previous game and will be raring to return back to form after an under-par IPL, much like Maxwell.
George Edwards (Lancashire):
Edwards is a 22-year-old who has played a total of 13 domestic matches in his career across all the three formats. Three of those matches came in the NatWest T20 Blast this season and he’s already picked up seven wickets at 11.85. Together with Faulkner, Edwards will hope he can continue picking up wickets regularly despite being a touch expensive (eco. rate of more than eight).
Andrew Gale (Yorkshire):
More than the fact he’s the captain of Yorkshire and given that he’s already scored 150 runs in three matches with one half-century to his name, Gale will be a player to watch out for one other reason. Gale was involved in a huge controversy last season with Lancashire’s Ashwell Prince with allegations of racism against him needing legal submissions. The match could get spicy then?
Yorkshire v Lancashire head to head:
Of the 19 matches played between the two teams, Yorkshire are 10-8 on head to head, with one match having ended in a tie. Last season these two sides had met once and Yorkshire had run away to a five-wicket win.
Yorkshire v Lancashire betting tips:
Yorkshire to win: 8/13
Andrew Gale to be Yorkshire’s top batsman: 7/2
Steven Croft to be Lancashire’s top batsman
Match starts at 6.30 pm local time (1730 hours GMT) on June 5.