Vitality Blast 2022: Preview of the quarterfinals before the national showpiece | cricket news

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Hampshire’s James Vince gave a batting masterclass with an unbeaten 129 in his T20 Blast clash with Somerset

Hampshire’s James Vince gave a batting masterclass with an unbeaten 129 in his T20 Blast clash with Somerset

A week of exciting national T20 action is expected as the Vitality Blast quarterfinals are contested, with four Finals Day spots up for grabs.

Starting Wednesday night, sky sports will show each of the four Round of 16 ties live, with the winners advancing to Finals Day in Edgbaston on July 16.

With English cricket enjoying the start of a new era, under new captains and head coaches in both the Tests and shorter formats, there is no better time to watch the domestic game, to catch a glimpse of the stars of the past, present and future.

Surrey v Yorkshire – Wednesday 18:30

Surrey were without a doubt the standout team in this year’s Blast group stage. They went undefeated in their first 10 games – winning nine and the other stopped by rain – to take full control of the South Group.

However, with their place in the knockout stages now assured, three losses from their last four matches followed. The question is whether, with the intensity ramped up for the quarterfinals, they can rediscover their early form in the tournament.

Highlights of an incredible final where Surrey narrowly edged out a win against Somerset at the Vitality T20 Blast

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Highlights of an incredible final where Surrey narrowly edged out a win against Somerset at the Vitality T20 Blast

Highlights of an incredible final where Surrey narrowly edged out a win against Somerset at the Vitality T20 Blast

In their favor is the fact that they remain unbeaten at The Oval, which is where, as group winners, they host Yorkshire on Wednesday night.

A choppy campaign in the group stage saw Yorkshire go through to the knockout stage, with a points deduction for Leicestershire crucial in their progression to the last eight.

A host of England players will miss this one as they joined Jos Buttler’s side for Thursday’s series opener against India, including Surrey captain Chris Jordan and his counterpart David Willey.

Sunil Narine hits a six so hard it damaged the peephole!  Fans in the crowd sought to lend a hand to fix it.

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Sunil Narine hits a six so hard it damaged the peephole! Fans in the crowd sought to lend a hand to fix it.

Sunil Narine hits a six so hard it damaged the peephole! Fans in the crowd sought to lend a hand to fix it.

Surrey will also be without Sam Curran, Jason Roy and Reece Topley, while Yorkshire will be without Harry Brook and Dawid Malan.

Given those absences, Surrey will lean on opening batsman Will Jacks and West Indies international Sunil Narine’s spin, while Yorkshire will look to New Zealand batsman Finn Allen for a midfielder in the top of innings. .

Birmingham vs Hampshire – Thursday 6:30pm

Highlights from the T20 Vitality Blast match between the Birmingham Bears and the Worcestershire Rapids

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Highlights from the T20 Vitality Blast match between the Birmingham Bears and the Worcestershire Rapids

Highlights from the T20 Vitality Blast match between the Birmingham Bears and the Worcestershire Rapids

Group North winners Birmingham Bears are the only team in the competition given the chance to play the rest of their games at home, with Edgbaston hosting Finals Day.

The Bears, perhaps lacking a bit of star power, have relied on a number of contributions to establish their impressive record in the group stage.

Adam Hose, who is the tournament’s third-highest run scorer, has been their standout with the bat, while Jacob Lintott sits in the same position in the wicket-taking rankings after claiming 22 dismissals.

Birmingham Bears batsman Paul Stirling hit five sixes in one over on his debut for the club at the Vitality Blast.

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Birmingham Bears batsman Paul Stirling hit five sixes in one over on his debut for the club at the Vitality Blast.

Birmingham Bears batsman Paul Stirling hit five sixes in one over on his debut for the club at the Vitality Blast.

The Bears face a tough test in Hampshire, who won nine games in the fiercely contested South Group to secure fourth place.

The Hawks can boast the leading run scorer in the tournament, captain James Vince, who has racked up a hugely impressive 622 runs at an average of over 56.

The performance of the former England batsman may well be a deciding factor in this one.

Lancashire vs Essex – Friday 6:30pm

Highlights of the Vitality T20 Blast clash between Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning

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Highlights of the Vitality T20 Blast clash between Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning

Highlights of the Vitality T20 Blast clash between Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning

Old Trafford will host a rematch of the 2019 quarter-finals, in which the Eagles triumphed before taking the title.

Lancashire, who will be without England’s Phil Salt, will rely heavily on the experience they have in their ranks.

Their leading scorer in the tournament is 37-year-old Stephen Croft, while their leading wicket-taker (with the second-most in the tournament) is 34-year-old Richard Gleeson.

Highlights from the Vitality T20 Blast match between Essex and Glamorgan

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Highlights from the Vitality T20 Blast match between Essex and Glamorgan

Highlights from the Vitality T20 Blast match between Essex and Glamorgan

Essex will go into the game full of confidence after their star batsman, Dan Lawrence, scored a brilliant 71 from just 37 balls to help them to a commanding win in their final group match against Glamorgan last week.

With the ball, they will need the notion of captain Simon Harmer, who led the way with 16 wickets in this season’s competition.

Somerset vs Derbyshire – Saturday 7pm

In the final round, a little later, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night, the teams in second place in each group will face each other.

Somerset will look to Rilee Rossouw to continue to lead their batting lineup as the South African has scored over 500 at an average of over 46 so far in the tournament.

Rilee Rossouw smashed 81 from just 54 balls as Somerset defeated defending champions Vitality Blast Kent by eight wickets

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Rilee Rossouw smashed 81 from just 54 balls as Somerset defeated defending champions Vitality Blast Kent by eight wickets

Rilee Rossouw smashed 81 from just 54 balls as Somerset defeated defending champions Vitality Blast Kent by eight wickets

Tom Banton has been out of form, averaging less than 20 years, but will be looking to make an impact on this prime-time occasion in a bid to reestablish his credentials in England.

On the ball, Somerset should have Craig Overton back from the England Test squad, while they can also call on the vast experience of Australian Peter Siddle.

Derbyshire’s batting has been led by ex-Pakistan batsman Shan Masood, who is the tournament’s second-highest scorer behind Vince, while Wayne Madsen has been in fine form at number 3.

George Scrimshaw has been their main wicket-taker with 21 dismissals, but he will need to watch his finances as the 24-year-old has gone almost 9.5 up so far in the tournament.

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