T20 Blast Finals tips: Lancashire favourites as Buttler returns
After another thrilling summer of cork-smashing, boundary-hitting cricket, it’s T20 Blast Finals day.
Four teams remain, but only one will be crowned winner at Edgbaston this Saturday.
Ahead of the action, we’ve previewed both semi-finals…
Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids
Lancashire beat Kent by six wickets in the quarter-finals, while the Rapids saw off Gloucestershire with five wickets to spare.
There’ll be fireworks here as England international Jos Buttler returns to Lancashire, while Moeen Ali is back for Worcestershire.
Buttler takes runscorer favouritism at 2/1 for Lancs, while Liam Livingstone and Keaton Jennings are hoping to bag a spot in England’s tour of Sri Lanka this month, so their need to impress could well see Lancashire prevail.
Somerset v Sussex Sharks
That’s despite the Taunton outfit winning 10 of their 14 league games – the best this season. That includes a four-wicket run over the Sharks in early August.
Sussex’s hopes to reverse that result this weekend have been dealt a blow however, with Rashid Khan – ranked the best T20 bowler in the world – absent through international duty with Afghanistan.
Evans could be the difference-maker. The 30-year-old has been excellent throughout for Sussex, averaging 79 with five half-centuries in his 12 innings this year.
Somerset have got the job done throughout the summer, but do they have that star quality to go all the way?
Worcestershire will need to hope Ali has brought his international form back into the domestic game, while Sussex will need to get by without star man Khan. But in Evans, they have one of this year’s best T20 batters.
That leaves Lancashire who, with the returning Buttler, might just be too strong for the rest.
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