Teams Renew Rivalry
The Royal London Cup is back in action and the Lancastrians and Yorkshiremen are happy about that.
The rivalry continues on Thursday as Lancashire is well-favored to win on the road in their first game of the competition. Cricket odds have Lancashire at -175 to kick-start their campaign.
Lancashire has had the benefit of playing a match against Northamptonshire, so there is a case to be made for the underdogs.
Yorkshire Building on Success
Getting the year off to a winning start is vital and Yorkshire was at its best when beating Northamptonshire by 33 runs on Monday.
It scored an impressive 353/5 from 46 overs in a rain-shortened game. It was fantastic scoring in hot conditions and it’s enough to put Yorkshire third on the Royal London Cup leaderboard behind Glamorgan and Kent.
Yorkshire played terrifically last year and it’s hoping to keep that form intact against a tough Lancashire outfit.
“It was a brilliant achievement last year, and we surprised a lot of people,” Yorkshire batter Will Fraine told YorkshireCCC.com. “We flew under the radar a bit. But those guys who did well last year have a lot more experience now. Matty Revis has played nearly a full season of first-team cricket, George Hill is a great player as well.
“We have a lot of bases covered, and we go into it with high hopes.”
The sportsbook often overlooks the chances of Yorkshire, but it’s a genuine upset chance on the pitch.
Lancashire Seeking Consecutive Wins
The last time the teams played was in 2019 and Lancashire scored a desperately-close one-run win.
It was about as drama-filled as you can get, so it has good memories and the betting online favorites could build on that confidence.
Bettors never know what to expect from the first game, and the win was its only against Yorkshire in the last five matches. It had been one-way traffic for Yorkshire up until that point.
Lancashire also closed its last season with two losses and a draw. It was hardly inspiring cricket and that could play a big part in this match.
Momentum is clearly with the home side but the sportsbook is predicting a Lancashire victory, so watch markets for any late moves.
Yorkshire vs Lancashire Head-to-Head
Yorkshire has a 4-1 advantage over Lancashire from the last five matches. However, Lancashire won the most recent by one run.
Yorkshire has produced some incredible wins since 2014, including a 242-run victory and a 79-run victory in 2017. History is on the side of the underdogs.
Yorkshire vs Lancashire Game Information
- Game: Yorkshire (1-0) vs Lancashire (0-0)
- Location: York Cricket Club
- Day/Time: Thursday, Aug 4, 8:30 a.m. ET
- Yorkshire vs Lancashire Live Stream: Cricket.co.uk
Yorkshire vs Lancashire Betting Lines
Yorkshire vs Lancashire Prediction
We have to disagree with the sportsbook and take Yorkshire to win at +135. It’s a much better price for the home side and it is confident following an opening win.
There wasn’t much to get excited about for Lancashire, and although a new year can produce different results, we need to see it to believe it.
Take the value odds with cricket betting markets for Lancashire to make it two-for-two.