Forget the IPL (at least until next spring): the original T20 cricket tournament is back. The Vitality Blast 2018 - new sponsorship means a name change from last year's Natwest t20 Blast - runs from 4 July until the final on 15 September, and there's masses of cricket for you to enjoy.
In this article we explain how to watch the Vitality Blast T20 cricket live on TV (and on free highlights), how to listen on the radio and how to follow the scores online, as well as listing upcoming fixtures. If you're more interested in England's ongoing international fixtures, see How to watch England vs India cricket live.
By our count there will be 151 matches in this year's Blast, so we're not going to list every single one. Instead we'll list the upcoming matches together with the dates of the finals for your diaries. Full fixture lists can be found on the ECB website.
The Vitality Blast starts with a group stage before proceeding to a knockout phase. There are only two groups, however, with nine teams in each; that means every team is guaranteed 16 matches, for a total of 144.
Here are the matches for this week and next week; all times are UK local time. (Note that some matches have been or will be moved to accommodate World Cup football games. We recommend checking the Twitter feed of the hosting team for any last-minute changes.)
- 11 Jul, 6.30pm: Yorkshire Vikings vs Derbyshire Falcons [has been rescheduled to 30 July]
- 11 Jul, 3pm: Gloucestershire vs Kent Spitfires [shown live on Sky Sports Cricket/Main Event]
- 12 Jul, 6.30pm: Surrey vs Essex Eagles
- 12 Jul, 7pm: Hampshire vs Sussex Sharks
- 13 Jul, 5.30pm: Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks
- 13 Jul, 5.30pm: Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire
- 13 Jul, 6.30pm: Gloucestershire vs Somerset
- 13 Jul, 6.30pm: Durham Jets vs Yorkshire Vikings
- 13 Jul, 7pm: Birmingham Bears vs Leicestershire Foxes
- 13 Jul, 7pm: Sussex Sharks vs Surrey
- 13 Jul, 7pm: Derbyshire Falcons vs Notts Outlaws
- 13 Jul, 7pm: Essex Eagles vs Glamorgan
- 14 Jul, 2.30pm: Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons
- 15 Jul, 1pm: Birmingham Bears vs Durham Jets
- 15 Jul, 1pm: Worcestershire Rapids vs Yorkshire Vikings [shown live on Sky Sports Cricket/Main Event]
- 17 Jul, 6.30pm: Notts Outlaws vs Durham Jets
- 18 Jul, 6.30pm: Leicestershire Foxes vs Lancashire Lightning
- 19 Jul, 6.15pm: Middlesex vs Somerset
- 19 Jul, 6.30pm: Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Derbyshire Falcons
- 20 Jul, 5.30pm: Gloucestershire vs Essex Eagles
- 20 Jul, 6.30pm: Lancashire Lightning vs Yorkshire Vikings
- 20 Jul, 6.30pm: Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids
- 20 Jul, 6.30pm: Glamorgan vs Somerset
- 20 Jul, 6.30pm: Notts Outlaws vs Leicestershire Foxes
- 20 Jul, 7pm: Hampshire vs Middlesex
- 20 Jul, 7pm: Kent Spitfires vs Surrey
- 20 Jul, 7pm: Birmingham Bears vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks
- 21 Jul, 5pm: Essex Eagles vs Hampshire
At the end of the group stage (which finishes on 17 Aug), the top four teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.
- 23 Aug, 5.30pm: Quarter-final 1
- 24 Aug, 5.30pm: Quarter-final 2
- 25 Aug, 2.30pm: Quarter-final 3
- 26 Aug, 2.30pm: Quarter-final 4
- 15 Sep, 11am: Semi-final 1
- 15 Sep, 2.30pm: Semi-final 2
- 15 Sep, 6.45pm: Final
How to watch live on Sky Sports
Assuming you don't want to get down the ground and watch in person, the way to watch a Vitality Blast T20 cricket game live is on Sky Sports, which has the rights.
The complication is that frequently there will be more than one game happening at once (sometimes there are internationals happening too), and Sky has only one cricket channel. In these cases Sky chooses to show whichever it thinks is the most appealing match and the other(s) game(s) will just get periodic updates.
Occasionally Sky will show one cricket match on Sky Sports Cricket and a different one on Sky Sports Main Event, but that is rare, and two matches is the absolute most cricket Sky can show at any one time.
As time goes on and more information is released we will add notes to games that are being shown live on Sky in the schedule above.
Instead of signing up for a Sky subscription, you can buy a pay-as-you-go Now TV pass, which gives you a day, week or month of Sky Sports coverage for a fixed payment.
Watching with a VPN
If you're a Sky or Now TV subscriber and would like to watch the matches on your holidays abroad, you need to be thinking about a VPN, which lets you 'browse from the UK' even when you're not here.
Follow the score online