2018 t20 Blast

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2018 Vitality Blast
Vitality Blast Logo.png
Dates4 July 2018 (2018-07-04) – 15 September 2018 (2018-09-15)
Administrator(s)England and Wales Cricket Board
Cricket formatTwenty20
Tournament format(s)Group stage and knockout
ChampionsWorcestershire Rapids (1st title)
Official websiteVitality Blast

The 2018 Vitality Blast was the 2018 season of the t20 Blast, a professional Twenty20 cricket league in England and Wales. It was the first season in which the domestic T20 competition, ran by the ECB, has been branded as the Vitality Blast due to a new sponsorship deal.[1] The league consisted of the 18 first-class county teams divided into two divisions of nine teams each with fixtures played between July and September. The final day took place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on 15 September 2018.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws were the champions going into the tournament having beaten the Birmingham Bears by 22 runs in the 2017 final.[2]

Competition format[edit]

The 18 first-class county cricket clubs are taking part in the competition. Teams are initially split into two divisions on a geographical basis (North and South) for the group stage of the competition, each group having nine teams. During the group stage, which ran from July until the middle of August, each county played 14 matches, playing six of the other sides in their group twice, once home and once away, and the other two teams once.[2] The winners of each match received two points for a win, with one point awarded in the case of a tie or if a match was abandoned. Teams are ranked within their groups by total points, then net run rate. At the end of the group stage, the top four teams from each group entered the knockout stage of the competition.


Team Division Home grounds Coach Captain Overseas Player(s)
Birmingham Bears North Edgbaston, Birmingham England Jim Troughton New Zealand Grant Elliott New Zealand Jeetan Patel
New Zealand Colin de Grandhomme
Derbyshire Falcons North County Cricket Ground, Derby New Zealand John Wright Ireland Gary Wilson Pakistan Wahab Riaz
New Zealand Lockie Ferguson
New Zealand Henry Nicholls
Durham Jets North Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street England Jon Lewis New Zealand Tom Latham New Zealand Tom Latham
South Africa Imran Tahir
Essex Eagles South County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford England Anthony McGrath Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate New Zealand Neil Wagner
Australia Adam Zampa
Australia Peter Siddle
Glamorgan South Sophia Gardens, Cardiff Wales Robert Croft South Africa Colin Ingram Australia Usman Khawaja
Australia Shaun Marsh
Australia Joe Burns
Gloucestershire South Bristol County Ground
College Ground, Cheltenham
England Richard Dawson Australia Michael Klinger Australia Michael Klinger
Australia Andrew Tye
Sri Lanka Thisara Perera
Hampshire South Rose Bowl, Southampton England Craig White England James Vince New Zealand Colin Munro
Afghanistan Mujeeb Ur Rahman
South Africa Dale Steyn
Kent Spitfires South St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
County Cricket Ground, Beckenham
England Matt Walker England Sam Billings New Zealand Adam Milne
Australia Marcus Stoinis
West Indies Cricket Board Carlos Brathwaite
Lancashire Lightning North Old Trafford, Manchester England Glen Chapple England Liam Livingstone Australia Joe Mennie
Australia James Faulkner
Afghanistan Zahir Khan
Leicestershire Foxes North Grace Road, Leicester England Paul Nixon South Africa Colin Ackermann Pakistan Mohammad Abbas
Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi
Middlesex South Lord's, London
Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground
Old Deer Park, Richmond, London
New Zealand Daniel Vettori England Dawid Malan Australia Hilton Cartwright
Australia Ashton Agar
West Indies Cricket Board Dwayne Bravo
Northamptonshire Steelbacks North County Cricket Ground, Northampton England David Ripley England Alex Wakely South Africa Rory Kleinveldt
Sri Lanka Seekuge Prasanna
Nottinghamshire Outlaws North Trent Bridge, Nottingham England Peter Moores Australia Dan Christian Australia Dan Christian
New Zealand Ish Sodhi
Somerset South County Ground, Taunton England Andy Hurry England Lewis Gregory New Zealand Corey Anderson
West Indies Cricket Board Jerome Taylor
Surrey South The Oval, London Australia Michael Di Venuto England Jade Dernbach Australia Aaron Finch
Australia Nic Maddinson
Sussex Sharks South County Cricket Ground, Hove Australia Jason Gillespie England Luke Wright Afghanistan Rashid Khan
New Zealand Tom Bruce
Worcestershire Rapids North New Road, Worcester England Kevin Sharp England Moeen Ali Australia Travis Head
New Zealand Martin Guptill
Australia Callum Ferguson
South Africa Wayne Parnell
Yorkshire Vikings North Headingley, Leeds England Andrew Gale England Steven Patterson New Zealand Kane Williamson

League stage[edit]

The top four teams from each division qualified for the knockout stage.

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
N1 Worcestershire Rapids 137/5
S4 Gloucestershire 136/8
N1 Worcestershire Rapids 169/6
N3 Lancashire Lightning 149/9
N3 Lancashire Lightning 134/4
S2 Kent Spitfires 133/9
N1 Worcestershire Rapids 158/5
S3 Sussex Sharks 157/6
N2 Durham Jets 140/7
S3 Sussex Sharks 144/5
S3 Sussex Sharks 202/8
S1 Somerset 167/8
N4 Nottinghamshire Outlaws 190
S1 Somerset 209/5


23 August (D/N)
Kent Spitfires (H)
133/9 (20 overs)
Lancashire Lightning
134/4 (18.4 overs)
Sam Billings 37 (37)
Matt Parkinson 3/27 (4 overs)
Keaton Jennings 46 (40)
Imran Qayyum 2/17 (4 overs)
Lancashire Lightning won by 6 wickets
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, Kent
Umpires: Mike Burns (Eng) and Alex Wharf (Eng)
Player of the match: Matt Parkinson (Lancashire Lightning)
  • Kent Spitfires won the toss and elected to bat.
24 August (D/N)
Durham Jets (H)
140/7 (20 overs)
Sussex Sharks
144/5 (18.2 overs)
Ben Stokes 34 (24)
Will Beer 2/17 (4 overs)
Laurie Evans 63* (47)
Mark Wood 2/25 (4 overs)
Sussex Sharks won by 5 wickets
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, County Durham
Umpires: David Millns (Eng) and Martin Saggers (Eng)
Player of the match: Laurie Evans (Sussex Sharks)
  • Durham Jets won the toss and elected to bat.
25 August
136/8 (20 overs)
Worcestershire Rapids (H)
137/5 (18.4 overs)
Miles Hammond 45 (31)
Brett D'Oliveira 4/26 (4 overs)
Callum Ferguson 64* (47)
Benny Howell 2/22 (4 overs)
Worcestershire Rapids won by 5 wickets
New Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Umpires: Nick Cook (Eng) and Graham Lloyd (Eng)
Player of the match: Callum Ferguson (Worcestershire Rapids)
  • Worcestershire Rapids won the toss and elected to field.
26–27 August
Somerset (H)
209/5 (20 overs)
Lewis Gregory 60* (24)
Samit Patel 1/16 (3 overs)
Alex Hales 45 (28)
Jamie Overton 5/47 (4 overs)
Somerset won by 19 runs
County Ground, Taunton, Somerset
Umpires: Neil Mallender (Eng) and Steve O'Shaughnessy (Eng)
Player of the match: Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
  • Nottinghamshire Outlaws won the toss and elected to field.


15 September
Worcestershire Rapids
169/6 (20 overs)
Lancashire Lightning
149/9 (20 overs)
Ben Cox 55* (34)
Matt Parkinson 2/23 (4 overs)
Keaton Jennings 51* (40)
Patrick Brown 4/21 (4 overs)
Worcestershire Rapids won by 20 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Umpires: David Millns (Eng) and Martin Saggers (Eng)
Player of the match: Ben Cox (Worcestershire Rapids)
  • Lancashire Lightning won the toss and elected to field.
15 September
Sussex Sharks
202/8 (20 overs)
167/8 (20 overs)
Luke Wright 92 (53)
Jerome Taylor 4/20 (4 overs)
Tom Abell 48 (29)
Jofra Archer 3/32 (4 overs)
Sussex Sharks won by 35 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Umpires: Mike Burns (Eng) and Alex Wharf (Eng)
Player of the match: Luke Wright (Sussex Sharks)
  • Sussex Sharks won the toss and elected to bat.


15 September
18:45 (D/N)
Sussex Sharks
157/6 (20 overs)
Worcestershire Rapids
158/5 (18.3 overs)
Laurie Evans 52 (44)
Moeen Ali 3/30 (4 overs)
Ben Cox 46* (27)
Danny Briggs 2/19 (4 overs)
Worcestershire Rapids won by 5 wickets
Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Umpires: Martin Saggers (Eng) and Alex Wharf (Eng)
Player of the match: Ben Cox (Worcestershire Rapids)
  • Sussex Sharks won the toss and elected to bat.


Most runs[edit]

Player Team Mat Inns Runs SR HS 100 50
Laurie Evans Sussex Sharks 15 14 614 135.84 96 0 7
Aaron Finch Surrey 9 9 589 182.35 131* 2 3
Ian Bell Birmingham Bears 14 14 580 139.09 131 1 4
[4] Source: ESPNCricInfo

Most wickets[edit]

Player Team Mat Wkts Ave Econ BBI SR
Pat Brown Worcestershire Rapids 16 31 13.35 7.64 4/21 10.4
Matthew Parkinson Lancashire Lightning 15 25 16.60 7.32 3/19 13.6
Jamie Overton Somerset 16 24 22.50 10.25 5/47 13.1
[5] Source: ESPNCricinfo


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  2. ^ a b "Kia Super League & Vitality Blast Tickets on Sale". England and Wales Cricket Board. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Twenty20 Cup (England) Table - 2018, CricInfo.
  4. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Vitality Blast, 2018 | | Most runs | ESPNcricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Vitality Blast, 2018 | | Most wickets | ESPNcricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2018.