All you want to be familiar with the 2022 Vitality Blast

When does the Vitality Blast start?

This year we are going to be celebrating the 20th edition of the world’s longest-running professional domestic Twenty20 competition.

The start of the 2022 Vitality Blast is Wednesday 25 May when there’ll be a rematch of last year’s final between champions Kent Spitfires and Somerset.

The group stage is going to be played over a 40-day period with the ultimate round-robin matches to be staged on Sunday, July 3.

The quarter-finals are played from July 6-10 with Finals Day at Edgbaston on July 16.

How am I able to get tickets now?

Yes. Supporters can have a Blast this summer at every home group stage match by buying their season tickets now.

This year’s Vitality Blast will feature more fan-friendly timeslots with 99 of the 126 group-stage matches to be played on a Thursday night, Friday night, or at the weekend.

Visit ecb.co.uk/blast-tickets for links to each team’s commutation ticket pass and make the most of multi-match savings.

How many ‘overseas’ players can each county play?

Each county can field a maximum of two ‘overseas’ players during a Vitality Blast match.

Already some big-name stars are signed up including Rashid Khan (Sussex Sharks), Carlos Brathwaite (Birmingham Bears), Marnus Labuschagne (Glamorgan), Shaheen Afridi (Middlesex), Qais Ahmed (Kent Spitfires), Mohammad Rizwan (Sussex Sharks), Travis Head (Sussex Sharks) and Matthew Wade (Worcestershire Rapids) with more to return.

What are the groups and formats?

This hasn’t changed. The groups remain identical with the familiar North and South split, while each county will play 14 group-stage matches (seven reception and 7 away).

North Group
Birmingham Bears, Derbyshire Falcons, Durham, Lancashire Lightning, Leicestershire Foxes, Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Notts Outlaws, Worcestershire Rapids, Yorkshire Vikings.

South Group
Essex Eagles, Gloucestershire, Hampshire Hawks, Kent Spitfires, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex Sharks.

How do counties qualify for the knockout stages?

The quarter-finals are going to be seeded with the higher-seeded team set to host their quarter-final. So, as an example, the highest team within the North Group will host the fourth-ranked team from the South Group in the quarter-finals.

The four winners of the quarter-finals will qualify for Finals Day at Edgbaston on July 16.

All knockout matches will have a reserve day should that be required.

How am I able to watch and follow?

Sky Sports is ready to broadcast 19 matches throughout the group stage, with each county set to feature a minimum of twice before the four quarter-finals and Finals Day.

All Vitality Blast fixtures are available via BBC Local Radio stations with extensive coverage also on 5 Live Sports Extra.

The ECB will again host live streams of each match on the ECB website and ECB app, to confirm you’ll be able to always follow your team.

As a reminder, here’s where you’ll follow the Vitality Blast across ECB’s channels:

ECB website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

Will there be doubleheaders with the Charlotte Edwards Cup?

Yes, there’ll be 10 double headers involving the men’s and women’s T20 competitions this summer:

Sunday 29 May

Central Sparks v SE Stars; Birmingham Bears v Durham – Edgbaston

Northern Diamonds v Thunder; Yorkshire Vikings v Leicestershire Foxes – Headingley

Western Storm v Sunrisers; Somerset v Essex Eagles – The Cooper Associates County Ground

Loughborough Lightning v Southern Vipers; Notts Outlaws v Northamptonshire Steelbacks – Trent Bridge

Wednesday 1 June

Western Storm v SE Stars; Gloucestershire v Kent Spitfire – The Bristol County Ground

Thunder v Southern Vipers; Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons – Emirates Old Trafford

Northern Diamonds v Loughborough Lightning; Durham v Worcestershire Rapids – Riverside

Sunrisers v Central Sparks; Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Leicestershire Foxes – County Ground, Northampton

Sunday 4 June

Southern Vipers v Northern Diamonds; Hampshire Hawks v Sussex Sharks – The Ageas Bowl

Sunday 5 June

Central Sparks v Western Storm; Worcestershire Rapids v Leicestershire Foxes – New Road

Can I still get tickets to Finals Day?

Finals Day is officially sold out.

Tickets have, however, been put aside for the members and fans of the counties who qualify for Finals Day. Once the four teams have qualified those First-Class Counties who qualify will decide and communicate how those tickets are available.

Some tickets will be made available when the pitch allocation is confirmed.

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