Vitality Blast 2019, Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning, Glamorgan vs Sussex Sharks: Preview, predictions

Vitality Blast

Two matches will be played on Monday, August 26, in the Vitality Blast 2019: Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning, Glamorgan vs Sussex Sharks.

Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning

Lancashire will play their second match in two days when they take on Derbyshire Falcons on Monday in Manchester. Lancashire are currently at the top of the table, with a three-point lead over second-placed Nottinghamshire.

However, a defeat in either match will leave their position at the top increasingly precarious, and a defeat in both matches would surely result in their toppling. Victory will be key, especially against Derbyshire who are just four points behind them – their corresponding clash earlier in the season was washed out.

Derbyshire, for their part, will also be playing a second match in as many days, following their Leicestershire on Sunday. They had secured a resounding victory over Northamptonshire before that, and will be hoping for a late run of form that can boost them to the top of the table.  

Last season: Derbyshire 161/4 (20) lost to Lancashire 164/1 (20) by 9 wickets.

Lancashire 157/8 (20) beat Derbyshire 145/7 (20) by 12 runs.

Players to watch: Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire)

Prediction: Lancashire to win.

Glamorgan vs Sussex Sharks

The leaders will take on the laggards as Sussex travel to Cardiff to take on Glamorgan. Sussex have won seven and lost just two of their 12 matches this season, even tying one encounter with the other two washed out. It’s won them 17 points, three above second-placed Gloucestershire, and they will expect to add two more points to their tally come Monday.

Glamorgan, meanwhile, have been at the other end of the spectrum. They have won no match yet. They have suffered seven losses in 12 matches. And all their five points have come from washouts. That in mind, this will be another clash that they are expected to lose, but the time is high to play for pride, and a victory against Sussex will go a long way towards restoring a lot of it.

Last season: Glamorgan173/4 (20) lost to Sussex 177/2 (18.4) by eight wickets.

Sussex 186/5 (20) beat Glamorgan 88 (13.3) by 98 runs.

Players to watch: Luke Wright (Sussex), David Lloyd (Glamorgan)

Prediction: Sussex to win.