Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, September 04 at 11:00 PM IST
The Vitality T20 Blast has now reached its business end and it is time for the quarter-finals to take the center stage. From the North Group Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire have made it to the knockouts, whereas, Sussex Sharks, Gloucestershire, Middlesex and Essex have made it from the South Group.
Essex grabbed the last spot in the South Group after winning their last league stage match against Kent Spitfires by 10 runs. It was a commendable effort from the Essex Eagles to finish fourth and feature in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Lancashire were always at the top of their game as they finished on the prime position in North Group with 8 wins from 14 matches and 20 points to their name.
After topping the group, expectations are definitely high from them to make it to the semi-finals.
Batting first won: 21
Batting second won: 18
Highest Total: Nottinghamshire- 198/5
Lowest Total: Durham- 78/10
Dane Vilas (c)
Simon Harmer (c)
Ryan ten Doeschate
Fantasy picks from Essex-
Daniel Lawrence is the leading run-getter for Essex Eagles in this season thus far with 345 runs from 10 innings.
Tom Westley has scored 280 runs from 11 overs, whereas Cameron Delport has amassed 309 runs from 11 innings which includes a century as well.
Veteran all-rounder Ravi Bopara is fresh from his exploits in the last game against Kent Spitfires, He has scored 189 runs from 8 innings in this season along with 8 wickets.
Mohammad Amir and Simon Harmer have taken 10 wickets each from 8 and 11 matches respectively.
Leggy Adam Zampa is leading the bowling charts for Essex Eagles with 12 scalps from 10 matches.
Fantasy picks from Lancashire-
Glenn Maxwell is their top-scorer in this season with 291 runs from 8 innings which include three fifty-plus scores.
Liam Livingstone still remains an integral part with both bat and ball as he has amassed 269 runs with the bat and taken 13 wickets from 9 appearances.
Matthew Parkinson is the leading wicket-taker for Lancashire with 21 scalps to his name.