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T20 Blast - May 16

Live coverage of the NatWest T20 blast - Notts v Lancashire

  • It’s BLAST OFF! Hello everyone and welcome to interactive text commentary from Trent Bridge, which tonight plays host to the opening Sky Sports televised match of the revamped domestic Twenty20 season. It’s a hazy afternoon in Nottingham and a near packed-house is expected for tonight’s showdown between Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Lancashire Lightning. As well as the views of Bumble, Vaughany, Nasser and Knighty from this match, we will also be keeping you up-to-date on tonight’s other six fixtures. So, for your comprehensive T20 blog, stay here!
    5/16/2014 2:34:37 PM
  • T20 has come a long way since 2003...

    5/16/2014 2:44:32 PM
  • @MacclesfieldCC : @MichaelVaughan @BumbleCricket WALLOP!!!!!” Shortly travelling thro' Macc......
  • The early view from Trent Bridge

    5/16/2014 3:21:32 PM
  • [twitter] VIKINGS ARE READY

    5/16/2014 3:27:47 PM
  • Sunshine and sixes forecast tonight @TrentBridge . We are on air for Notts v @LancsCCC from 6pm on SS2 #t20

    Your NatWest Blast isn't just a one-night stand, you know. Far from it - Saturday sees not one but two games taking place at Lord's, with Middlesex taking on both Essex and Sussex. Director of cricket Angus Fraser told Sky Sports he cannot wait to get started...
    We are very excited about the new format, and the double-header on Saturday. We were one win away from getting through to the knock-out stages last year and the desire this year is to get through to quarter-finals and then to Finals Day.

    5/16/2014 3:45:43 PM
  • [twitter] LIGHTNING STRIKE

    5/16/2014 4:01:51 PM
  • Some new additions to our T20 coverage this summer. First WASP... #t20

  • [twitter] EARLY NEWS
    Not all of tonight's matches are getting underway at the same time. Leicestershire and Derbyshire will begin in around 30 minutes, as will the games at Durham, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire...

    5/16/2014 4:04:54 PM
  • We also have the 'cricket index' to help rank each player #t20

  • SKY BET ODDS [betting]Check out the latest betting on the NatWest T20 Blast. New to Sky Bet? Claim a free matched bet of up to £30 now!

    5/16/2014 4:10:46 PM
  • We also have 'umpire cam' and a new addition to our commentary team. Everyone excited for the summer ahead. Hope you enjoy the coverage!
    Before we get going this season, why don't we remind ourselves how Northamptonshire were crowned champions last year in sensational fashion...
    5/16/2014 4:14:40 PM
  • SEEING IT BIG...[twitter]
    Before the cricket carnage begins at Bristol, a little fun in the sun...

    5/16/2014 4:16:15 PM
  • Short and sweet pitch report from Michael Vaughan at Trent Bridge ahead of Notts v Lancs: "It's an absolute road!"
    5/16/2014 4:21:47 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS [betting]Luke Wright is our favourite to score the most runs in the NatWest T20 Blast but who are you backing? Bet now

    5/16/2014 4:25:03 PM
  • Beaute of an evening here at @TrentBridge for the start of the natwest blast! #outlaws

    The Blast is underway at last! The first ball of the new season results in a single for Leicestershire's Josh Cobb off the bowling of Derbyshire's Mark Foottit.
    5/16/2014 4:28:38 PM
    And now we have our first DUCK! Niall O'Brien's not managed to get off the mark for Leicestershire!
    5/16/2014 4:30:34 PM
    Mind you, O'Brien has some good company in the golden duck camp - Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick has started his season with a whimper rather than a bang, Gloucestershire bowler James Fuller the man to dismiss the former England opener. At Durham, meanwhile, the Beard to be Feared has struck for Worcestershire, Moeen Ali dismissing the dangerous Phil Mustard leg before.
    5/16/2014 4:33:34 PM
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    5/16/2014 4:35:25 PM
    Somerset have possibly the deepest batting line-up in the competition, but they're going to be tested at this rate as they've lost another now at Bristol - Peter Trego has followed skipper Trescothick back to the pavilion.
    5/16/2014 4:41:01 PM
    Twenty20 cricket is about big hits and fancy dress, right?
    5/16/2014 4:43:05 PM
  • [twitter]

    5/16/2014 4:44:35 PM
  • HOME FAVOURITE [video]
    Michael Vaughan - who is in the Sky Sports commentary box at Trent Bridge tonight - believes his former county Yorkshire can go all the way this year...
    5/16/2014 4:47:06 PM
  • James Anderson dives into action during the warm-ups at Trent Bridge

    5/16/2014 4:47:46 PM
  • 5/16/2014 4:57:38 PM
    That pre-tournament pick by former Yorkshire player Vaughan is looking a little dicey on opening night - his old county are three down in a hurry against Northamptonshire, England's Joe Root the latest to go. Seems Aaron Finch can't turn up from the IPL soon enough...
    5/16/2014 4:59:14 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS [betting]England's Michael Lumb is an 11/4 shot to score the most runs for the Outlaws tonight. Bet on the match now

    5/16/2014 4:59:28 PM
  • [video] WE'RE CLOSING IN...
    Live coverage from Trent Bridge now getting underway on Sky Sports 2. The theme song this year? Kaiser Chiefs' 'I Predict A Riot'. Could be appropriate, considering the batting power on display...
    5/16/2014 5:01:48 PM
  • Lancashire have won the toss and will BOWL first. Join us now live on SS2! #t20 #nottsvlancs
  • [toss] TOSS
    Visiting skipper Paul Horton called 'heads'...and he is correct! Lancashire - who include James Anderson and Jos Buttler - are going to have a bowl...
    We fancy chasing on this ground. We know they are quite happy doing that here, too

    Home skipper James Taylor admits he would have had a bowl, too
    It's had a bit of weather over the last week, but it looks a pretty decent wicket.

    5/16/2014 5:05:27 PM
  • Azharullah claims the wicket of Joe Root at Headingley

    5/16/2014 5:08:25 PM
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    5/16/2014 5:11:56 PM
  • Benedict is in position at Trent Bridge with a couple of key stats:
    The average first innings score in domestic Twenty20 at Trent Bridge is 154. In 16 T20s played between Notts and Lancs, the record is split at eight wins apiece.

    5/16/2014 5:12:35 PM
  • HALES STORM [quotes]
    Alex Hales hit England's first - and still only - T20 century in Bangladesh earlier this year. It led to calls for him to be included in the 50-over format, though for now the selectors have kept him in the squad only for the shortest format...

    It was one of those days when everything clicked. It was a good wicket over in Chittagong. Twenty20 can be that sort of game that when it all clicks, you can take apart a bowling attack. 

    The right-hander admits he needs to be more consistent in the longer formats, having recently played a first-class game for Worcestershire after being allowed to leave Trent Bridge on loan...
    Over the last few years my 50-over form for Notts hasn't been as good as I've wanted it to be. If I have a good campaign and keepin doing my thing in Twenty20, hopefully I can put on as much pressure as I can. I'm just desperate to play first-class cricket.

    5/16/2014 5:22:13 PM
  • Jack Shantry celebrates the wicket of Scott Borthwick at Durham

    5/16/2014 5:24:54 PM
    Messrs Lumb and Hales are walking out to the middle, at least I think they are as the pre-match pyrotechnics make it tough to see.
    5/16/2014 5:29:03 PM
  • Michael is ready for action at Trent Bridge

    5/16/2014 5:31:26 PM
  • Over 1: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 8/0 (Hales 6, Lumb 2)
    Hales finishes the first over, sent down by spinner Lilley, by thrashing a drive straight down the ground for four. Here's an interesting battle coming up - Anderson against Nottinghamshire's openers. This is a ground the Burnley Express loves in Test cricket.
    5/16/2014 5:33:40 PM
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