Roses Blast clash a sell-out

15 June 2018 02:28:39 EST

The Roses Twenty20 Blast clash at Headingley in August has sold out two months in advance.

A reduced capacity of 12,500 has contributed to an even earlier completion of ticket sales for the cross-Pennine visit of Lancashire.

"We are extremely pleased to see our fixture against Lancashire Lightning sell-out again, in record time," said Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur.

"The popularity of this match has helped the attendances to grow across the whole competition and there is nothing quite like a Roses clash in domestic cricket.

"Last season, Yorkshire broke two home records and won six from a possible seven at Headingley. Adam Lyth's incredible 161 against Northants Steelbacks and David Willey's sensational century against Worcestershire were just two moments that showcased the attacking brand of T20 cricket that we hope to see again this summer."

The Vikings have New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as one of their overseas players for the Twenty20 section of the English summer.

However, they are yet to confirm a second import following the withdrawal of giant fast bowler Billy Stanlake by Cricket Australia.

But they will have Adil Rashid for the majority of the campaign after his decision to quit first-class cricket earlier this year - that means the leg-spinner will not be involved in England's Test series against India.

Rashid requires eight more wickets to surpass Graeme Swann's career tally of 104 and become England's most prolific spinner in one-day internationals.

Yorkshire are 1212/1 to win the T20 Blast, with Hampshire 1212/1 and Surrey 1212/1.

View all Cricket betting