The 2022 Vitality Blast T20 Finals Day takes place on Saturday at Edgbaston with Lancashire, Yorkshire, Hampshire and Somerset all fighting for the title.
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Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning (Saturday, 11:00 BST)
Before the Vitality Blast T20 season got underway, I backed Lancashire or Yorkshire to actually win the competition. They will now face off against each other in the first semi-final on Finals Day with the winner moving one step closer to lifting the trophy.
Lancashire versus Yorkshire is always a tense and entertaining affair but throw a chance to reach a final in the mix then this could have some serious fireworks.
In the group stages, Lancashire finished in second place with 18 points, while Yorkshire ended the weekly rounds in fourth with 15.
The Red Rose County booked their place at Finals Day with a seven-wicket success over the Essex Eagles. Lancashire have been hindered with the likes of Jos Buttler, Richard Gleason, Matt Parkinson and Liam Livingstone away on England duty.
They still have enough quality to get the job done with Tim David, Dane Villas and Keaton Jennings all capable of scoring the big runs.
Yorkshire booked their place at Finals Day with a nail-biting one-run win over Surrey in a thrilling encounter.
The White Rose County will also be missing some key players with Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Dawid Malan all with England.
Obviously being from Lancashire, I have to back my home County in this game. It is not just local bias, I do think they are the better team and I expect David to be the difference maker. Back him to score the most runs for Lancashire.
Yorkshire will push Lancashire all the way with Adam Lyth blasting the ball to the boundary, but I expect them to come up just short.
Recommended bet11:00 am Saturday July 16
Hampshire Hawks v Somerset (Saturday, 14:30 BST)
Hampshire Hawks and Somerset will lock horns at Edgbaston on Saturday for a place in the Vitality Blast T20 Final to be held later the same evening.
The Hawks ended the weekly rounds in fourth position in the South Group thanks to 18 points. They managed to win nine of their 14 matches to qualify for the knockout stages.
In their quarter-final, they managed to defeat North Group leaders Birmingham Bears by a staggering 104 runs.
The Hawks posted 186 for the loss of six wickets with Ben McDermott top-scoring with 61 from 36 deliveries. In reply, they shocked the Bears by bowling them out for just 82 with James Fuller claiming four wickets.
Somerset finished second on the ladder with a points tally of 20 thanks to 10 wins and just four defeats from their 14 matches.
They booked their place at Finals Day with a 191-run hammering over Derbyshire at Taunton. Having batted first, Somerset scored an amazing 265 runs with Rilee Rossouw hitting 93 from 36 balls with Tom Banton scoring 73.
In reply, Peter Siddle and Ben Green both claimed three wickets apiece as they skittled the Falcons for just 74 off 11.2 overs.
Both Hampshire and Somerset will be looking for big scores once again, but I think Somerset will be too strong and they will face Lancashire or Yorkshire in the Final.
Rossouw has scored 600 runs in 15 matches and on his day he is unstoppable. I am backing him to top-score on the way to victory by adding to the 49 fours and 40 sixes he has already hit.
The manner of Hampshire’s win over Birmingham in the quarter final is a one off for me. I cannot see them beating a team like Somerset the way they destroyed the bears. I am backing McDermott to go hard at the start of the innings and top score, but I cannot see his team-mates supporting him.
Recommended bet2:30 pm Saturday July 16
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