The 2023 Vitality Blast has just begun, and there are many exciting contests ahead of us. The latest edition of England’s premier domestic T20 competition began on May 20th at Edgbaston with the Derbyshire Falcons taking on the Lancashire Lightning. Lancashire won by four wickets. Lancashire will play the Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on May 27th.
The North Group Match between Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire will take place on May 27th, 2023 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
Match Details to Note
Match: Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire, North Group Match, T20 Blast 2023
Date: May 27, 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00 PM IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
The 2022 T20 Blast runners-up have won two out of two matches and were dominant on Thursday, defeating Leicestershire Foxes by eight wickets with 51 balls remaining. Liam Livingstone and Phil Salt returned to the side and took over as captains, but Jos Buttler is not expected to return for a few days.
Lancashire Lightning appear to have put their narrow 2022 T20 Blast Final defeat behind them and are already aiming for their third consecutive competition victory.
Dane Vilas (c), Keaton Jennings, Tom Aspinwall, Tom Bailey, George Balderson, George Bell, Jack Blatherwick, Josh Bohannon, Josh Boyden, Jos Buttler, Steven Croft, Colin de Grandhomme, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Matthew Hurst, Rob Jones, Danny Lamb, George Lavelle, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Daryl Mitchell, Jack Morley, Matt Parkinson, Phil Salt, Harry Singh, Luke Wells, Will Williams, Luke Wood
Possible Playing XI:
Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, Steven Croft, Daryl Mitchell, Liam Livingstone (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Luke Wood, Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood
On Friday, the Outlaws got off to a winning start, defeating Derbyshire Falcons by four wickets with 18 balls remaining at Trent Bridge. They’ll be looking to be more ruthless in this game after losing three wickets in their final six runs.
Notts Outlaws can improve on their win over Derbyshire Falcons, but they have now extended their winning streak in this format to five games.
Stephen Mullaney (c), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Matthew Carter, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Luke Fletcher, Alex Hales, Haseeb Hameed, Calvin Harrison, James Hayes, Brett Hutton, Lyndon James, Sammy King, Tom Loten, Ben Martindale, Matt Montgomery, Tom Moores, Colin Munro, Samit Patel, Dane Paterson, Liam Patterson-White, Toby Pettman, Dane Schadendorf, Fateh Singh, Ben Slater, Olly Stone
Possible Playing XI:
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores, Stephen Mullaney (c), Lyndon James, Samit Patel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Jake Ball, Olly Stone
Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire Batsmen Worth Watching
Steven Croft led Lancashire Lightning’s successful chase of only 100 against Leicestershire Foxes, scoring 46 not out. Daryl Mitchell completed the victory with a six off the 11.3rd ball of the innings, and the New Zealand international appears to be in top form.
Notts Outlaws had two half-centuries at Trent Bridge, with Joe Clarke hitting 68 runs from 29 balls at the top of the order and Matthew Montgomery contributing 51 runs from 29 balls at number four. Alex Hales had only 12 runs, but Colin Munro had a typically aggressive 23 runs from 15 balls.
Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire Bowlers Worth Watching
Although Saqib Mahmood caught the eye with figures of 3-17 from 3.5 overs on Thursday, it was Lancashire Lightning’s left-arm pace bowler Luke Wood who produced the best figures once again. He took 3-11 (including a maiden over) to go with his 3-31 against Derbyshire Falcons the previous Saturday.
Only Lyndon James and T20 veteran Samit Patel failed to take a wicket for Notts Outlaws on Friday night, with the other five bowlers all taking at least one wicket. Steven Mullaney took 2-37, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, who will enjoy the pace at Old Trafford, took a wicket on debut.
Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire Toss Prediction
In T20 cricket, the team batting first has won 54% of the matches played at Old Trafford in Manchester. This will be the first match of the season at the venue. The batting team is expected to bat first.
Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire Pitch Report
This Vitality T20 Blast match will take place at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium. At this venue, the batting wicket is good, and a par score will be close to 200. Because this is a new pitch, the ball should come on nicely to the bat. Batters can begin hitting the ball very early because they can rely on the bounce of this wicket.
The weather in Manchester is expected to be partly cloudy and pleasant on the day of the match.
Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire Prediction
This should be an exciting match between two teams featuring some of the best international players. We expect Lancashire Lightning to be pushed and challenged for the first time this season, but we believe they are the stronger team and will win this match at Old Trafford. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Lancashire is the favourite to beat Nottinghamshire at the odds of 1.85.
Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Phil Salt is a very aggressive keeper batter at the top of the order, and he is our pick to score the most runs for Lancashire Lightning in this game.