Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Rapids To Take On Lightning In Vitality Blast Semi-Final

worcestershire rapids have been drawn against lancashire lightning in the semi-finals of the vitality blast on finals day at edgbaston on september 15.

the rapids overcame the lightning by five wickets with one ball to spare in the north group at emirates old trafford in the opening game of their 2018 campaign.

the lightning scored 188-6 with george rhodes returning 2-27 and then reached 190-5 in reply thanks to joe clarke (42), brett d’oliveira (37 not out) and callum ferguson (35).

the return meeting with lancashire at New Road on july 29 was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

lancashire finished third in the north group behind the rapids and durham jets and defeated kent spitfires in thursday’s quarter-final at canterbury.

in the other semi-final sussex sharks will take on the winners of the somerset-notts outlaws quarter-final.

no play was possible at taunton today and the two teams will try again to resolve the tie tomorrow.

the running order for finals day, and whether the rapids will be part of the first or second semi-final, is still to be decided.