Cricket

T20 Finals Day 2014: Predictions, TV Info and Live Stream for All Fixtures

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST: Jordan Clark of Lancashire celebrates at the end of the Natwest T20 Blast Quarter final between Lancashire Lightning and Glamorgan at Old Trafford on August 2, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images
Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

Three months of thrilling cricket action, hundreds upon hundreds of sixes slogged out of the park and it all comes down to this—finals day at the T20 Blast.

Back in May, 18 teams from around the UK started their quest to land domestic cricket's richest prize, but now just four remain.

Warwickshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Lancashire will head to Edgbaston on Saturday, all looking to negotiate through their respective semi-finals at the start of the day before the final takes centre stage.

Here's a look at the fixtures on what's set to be a momentous cricket occasion:

T20 Blast 2014 Finals Day
MatchTimeTeamsLive TV/Stream
Semi-Final 111 a.m. BSTWarwickshire Bears vs. SurreySky Sports 2/Sky Go (U.K. only)
Semi-Final 22:30 p.m. BSTHampshire vs. Lancashire LightningSky Sports 2/Sky Go (U.K. only)
Final18:45 p.m. BSTWinner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2Sky Sports 2/Sky Go (U.K. only)
BBC Sport

 

Warwickshire vs. Surrey

CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Boyd Rankin of Birmingham Bears is congratulated on bowling Tom Westley of Essex Eagles  during the Natwest T20 Blast Quarter Final match between Essex Eagles and Birmingham Bears at Ford County Ground on August 2, 2014 i
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Opening the day are Warwickshire Bears and Surrey, who both cruised through their respective quarter-finals to reach Edgbaston.

Warwickshire disposed of Essex after chalking up 197/2, which the Eagles failed to chase, and Surrey overcame Worcestershire with three-and-a-half overs remaining after an impressive display of batting.

That sets up the semi-final perfectly, but Surrey have a not-so-secret weapon up their sleeves.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Kevin Pietersen of Surrey walks off dejected after being bowled out by Somerset's Max Waller during the Natwest T20 Blast match between Surrey and Somerset at The Kia Oval on July 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie C
Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Former England star Kevin Pietersen will be jetting in from the Caribbean to put the Surrey jersey on once again, having recently competed in the Caribbean Premier League with the St. Lucia Zouks.

While his performances were hardly decorated in glory there, or indeed in the IPL with Delhi Daredevils, the charisma that comes with Pietersen will give the visitors a lot of confidence heading into the match.

However, even if the 34-year-old doesn't bring out his best against the Bears, they always have a certain Jason Roy to fall back on.

The Surrey opener has been absolutely electric throughout the T20 Blast and reached an astonishing 619 total runs for the tournament against Worcestershire—per NatWest T20 Blast:

His baffling exclusion from the one-day England squad is another story, but for now, Roy's focus will be on Edgbaston. And captain Gary Wilson says that the star man can lead Surrey to T20 Blast glory—per BBC Sport:

It's been fantastic for me as captain to rely on him in all forms of cricket really. I don't believe there is a better player than Jason in England at the minute in T20 cricket. He has been brilliant for us this season.

Roy's runs have been the difference for Surrey this season, chalking up eight half-centuries in just 14 matches.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Jason Roy of Surrey in action during the Natwest T20 Blast Quarter Final match between Surrey and Worcestershire Rapids at The Kia Oval on August 2, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Such statistics are remarkable, and exactly what Surrey need if they are to go one better than last year and emerge from finals day as champions.

The Bears will have something to say about that, though, and they come into the match off the back of some strong form.

Though they had a shaky start to the season, Warwickshire have won their last four T20 matches on the spin, and with a home crowd behind them on Saturday, No. 5 is well within the realms of possibility.

 

Hampshire vs. Lancashire Lightning

CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Will Smith of Hamshire celebrates bowling Jesse Ryder of Essex during the NatWest T20 Blast between Essex Eagles and Hampshire at Ford County Ground on July 22, 2014 in Chelmsford, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Im
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Such is the nature of T20 Blast finals day that fans don't have time to pause for breath, as Hampshire and Lancashire take to the field immediately after the Bears and Surrey.

Lancashire have looked untouchable in the competition so far, losing just twice, but they can't take anything for granted against their talented opponents.

Hampshire reached last year's semi-finals after dominating the southern division but came up short against Surrey on the big stage.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  Jimmy Adams of Hamshire hits out during the Natwest T20 Blast match between Hampshire and Somerset at the Ageas Bowl on July 6, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

They'll be hoping to make up for it this time around, though, and if they are successful, then it could be a double celebration for the county.

Hampshire are also vying to earn promotion from the County Championship Division Two as the end of the season approaches, and James Vince hopes his side will indeed be celebrating on two fronts, starting with the T20 Blast title—per BBC Sport:

It will be nice to win it on Saturday and seal promotion at the end of the season.

It's something I've been looking forward to ever since that quarter-final at Nottingham. You can expect a full house, good atmosphere and it's a great day to be part of.

We are a strong side and I think on Finals Day, anything can happen. We won't take them lightly but if we play as well as we can then hopefully we can get the win.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: James Vince of Hampshire in action during the Natwest T20 Blast Quarter Final match between Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Hampshire at Trent Bridge on August 3, 2014 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Image
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Vince and Co. will have to hope that Lancashire aren't also on top of their game, though, as the Lightning have been impeccable so far in the Blast.

With Tom Smith, Jos Buttler and Kabir Ali all in sensational form, it's difficult to see anyone stopping the Lightning from earning their first T20 title, but you just never know in this exciting format.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices