After the quarter-finals, Notts Outlaws, Northants Steelbacks, Durham Jets and Yorkshire Vikings qualified for the semi-finals of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast. Ahead of the finals day, here are a few key statistics.
Notts Outlaws v Northants Steelbacks
Notts Outlaws have never lost a game to Northants Steelbacks and they currently have four back-to-back wins. This is the third time the Notts Outlaws have qualified for Finals Day. Earlier, Notts Outlaws reached the 2006 finals and lost against Leicestershire Foxes and in 2010, they lost to Somerset in the semi-finals.
The Steelbacks have now qualified for the Finals Day three times in the last four seasons. Previously, they qualified in 2013 and 2015.
The Steelbacks won their last two semi-finals in the NatWest T20 Blast and both times they did so chasing. Notts Outlaws have nine wins on the trot ahead of the semi-final. On the other hand, Northants have seen defeat in four out of their last six games. Rory Kleinveldt of Northants needs five more scalps to complete 100 wickets in T20 games.
Durham Jets v Yorkshire Vikings
In the matches between Durham Jets and Yorkshire Vikings, each team has won an alternate fixture in the last six games. The most recent encounter was won by Yorkshire Vikings. Between 2005 and 2007, Yorkshire Vikings won five games in a row against Durham Jets. However, since then they have failed to record back-to-back wins.
Durham Jets have reached Finals Day for the second time. Previously, in 2008, they lost to Middlesex in the semi-final. Similarly, Yorkshire Vikings have also reached the semi-finals for the second time. The last time, they lost to Hampshire in the final. Ten out of the last 11 games involving Yorkshire has seen the side batting first win.
Out of these games, Yorkshire Vikings have won eight games. At Edgbaston, Yorkshire have lost both of their T20 matches. Similarly, Durham have seen defeat in three out of their four games at this venue. Gordon Muchall of Durham needs 25 runs to reach the 2,000 mark in T20 cricket. He will become the second player for Durham to achieve the feat after Phil Mustard.
Stats from Opta
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