Two sides that have been traditionally successful in this tournament do battle in a game both sides need to win to keep their push for the top four. Northants are occupying one of those positions already, while Lancs are hot on the chase after a frustrating campaign to date.
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Match Preview – 3rd August – 1830 – Wantage Road.
Northants will be looking for a fifth win of the Natwest T20 Blast when they take on Lancashire at Wantage Road. Our Northants Steelbacks vs Lancashire Lightning preview features the two most recent winners of the tournament with the defending champions playing host to the 2015 champions. Both sides put a lot of emphasis on success in this tournament and are traditionally there or there abouts when it comes to the latter stages of the competition.
Ahead of our Natwest T20 Blast betting tips, we look at the key men for both sides. For the Steelbacks, big hitting Richard Levi has been phenomenal at the top of the order averaging over 50 at a strike-rate of 182. He gets his side off to fast start and if he stays in it could be chaos for Lancs. Similarly, Jos Buttler has been devastating with the bat this year and can change the game in the space of a few balls. Look to him to add impetus at whichever stage he enters the fray.
Before we take a look at the Natwest T20 Blast Odds, we look at the recent form of the two sides. Northants started slowly before winning four out five completed matches to get in contention. They were narrowly beaten by Birmingham Bears in their last outing. Lancs opened with a win and a loss, before a thrilling tie with rivals Yorkshire. Since then they have had just two wins in six games, though only four of those games were completed.
The Northants Steelbacks and Lancashire Lightning have met three times in the Natwest T20 Blast competition, with the honours even at one win apiece with one match abandoned due to weather. Crucially for Lancs, their victory came in the final of the 2015 edition of the Blast where they won the whole tournament.
Both sides have proud records in this tournament and will be looking for a win over a fellow title rival. Lancashire have been under-par so far in the competition but are a win away from the top four and can leapfrog their opponents with victory in this match. That will be motivation enough for Ashley Giles’ men.
Northants like to get off to a fast start with Richard Levi looking to keep the ball in the crowd as often as possible. With that in mind, it's worth backing them to have the most runs in the opening powerplay. They are 5/6 with William Hill to achieve that. Lancashire have class throughout their order and while Northants have an explosion at the top, they don’t match it down the order. Lancashire are 5/6 with William Hill to have the game’s leading batsman.
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