After Yorkshire’s match on Friday was washed out, this match will be the first for both teams if it can escape the rain.
Kent have been something of a bogey team for Somerset in recent years in this format having won their last 10 meetings in the T20 Blast.
Despite missing a trio of England stars for their opening game, Yorkshire Vikings will have high hopes in this competition this season but will be hoping to make a better start than they did last year.
This match is a sell out as the Rapids welcome the Bears to Blackfinch New Road and the hosts will be confident after their opening win on Thursday.
Gloucestershire have been one of the most underrated and unfashionable teams in recent seasons but they are more than capable in this format of the game.
Essex Eagles kicked off their T20 Blast campaign on Thursday with a heavy loss at the hands of an AB de Villiers-inspired Middlesex side and they will have to bounce back quickly.
A long time has passed since Leicestershire Foxes were the most feared T20 side in the country and the record three-time winners of the domestic 20-over competition look set for another campaign of struggle.
Always one of the more eagerly anticipated fixtures in the Southern Group, the first derby match between Hampshire and Sussex Sharks kicks off each team’s Vitality Blast campaign.
Durham Jets look in good shape to push on from their semi-final appearance in last year’s competition as their batting led by D'Arcy Short looks intimidating on paper.
Despite both teams being unfancied in this year’s Vitality Blast, there is set to be a healthy dose of star power on show at Lord’s this Thursday.
This looks like it will be a very tight match to call between two strong white ball sides. Worcestershire Rapids will be worried about the form of Martin Guptill going into the match, with the New Zealander suffering from a chronic lack of runs at the World Cup but they are boosted by the availability of him, Ferguson and Moeen Ali for this opening match.
The pressure is entirely on England coming into this game after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series and anything other than a win for them will see opponents Australia retain the Ashes.
Somerset will travel to Cardiff full of confidence with perhaps one eye on a historic domestic treble.
The lads crunch the numbers on the World Cup final at Lord’s as England and New Zealand do battle as we are guaranteed a new name on the trophy on Sunday.