Vitality Blast is the pinnacle of Twenty20 cricket, and the 2023 season is shaping up to be the best one yet. Find out everything you need to know about the format, teams, fixtures and how you can get tickets here.

Last updated: 01/02/2023 at 10:30 am

Founded in 2003 by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Vitality T20 Blast is the top Twenty20 cricket league in the world. As well as being the sport’s first-ever professional league, it is also the competition that revolutionized cricket and brought the Twenty20 game to prominence.

The ECB’s main objective when creating the Vitality Blast competition was to open cricket up to a wider audience that wouldn't usually be interested in the game, by making it shorter and more fast-paced.

The competition returns again in 2023 for another hard-hitting season of quickfire cricket. Last season champions Hampshire Hawks will be looking to defend their title and make it four league wins in the new season, while Kent Spitfires will be looking to regain their crown from 2020.

Find out everything you need to know about the upcoming Vitality Blast season, including the competition format, fixture dates, the teams involved, and how you can be there in style with premium tickets.

Vitality Blast 2023 format

The league is contested by the 18 English and Welsh top-class counties. The competing teams are divided into two separate divisions, the North Group and the South Group.

The top four teams from each division advance to the postseason playoffs, starting with the quarterfinals. The four winners advance on to the T20 Finals Day, consisting of the semi-finals and final. Finals day is played at the iconic Edgbaston Cricket Ground every year.

The matches are played in a block during the months of July and August, with the intention of utilising the summer school holidays to attract larger crowds.

Vitality Blast 2023 teams

There are 18 teams in the competition every year that play in the North and South divisions, the 2023 teams are as follows:

North Group

Leicestershire Foxes - Joint top division championship wins with three, finished in sixth place last season, and will be eager to climb back up the rankings this year.

Durham Cricket - Have reached the knockouts five times finishing first once but have never won the title. Finished in eighth place last season.

Derbyshire Falcons - Finished in third place last season, but were knocked out in the semi-finals by Somerset CCC. They will be determined to reach the final in 2023.

Lancashire Lightning - Were crowned champions in 2015 after defeating the Northants Steelbacks in the final. They finished as runners-up last year, losing to Hampshire Hawks by one run. They will want to go one better next year to claim their second title.

Northants Steelbacks - Two-time Vitality Blast winners in 2013 and 2016. They finished in seventh place last season after a disappointing run of form.

Notts Outlaws - Finished fifth in last season's campaign and will be aiming for a higher finish in the new season.

Birmingham Bears - Won the competition in 2014, beating Lancashire Lightning in the final. Finished first in the division in 2022, but were badly beaten in the Quarterfinals by Hampshire Hawks. Will be looking to improve their postseason form in 2023.

Worcestershire Rapids - Won their first and only title in the 2018 season, defeating Sussex Sharks by one run. Finished bottom of the division in 2022 after a hugely disappointing season.

Yorkshire Vikings - Have never won the Vitality Blast title. Finished fourth in last season's campaign but were knocked out in the Semis by Lancashire Lightning.

South Group

Hampshire Hawks - The reigning champions with the joint most Vitality Blast championship wins. They beat Lancashire Lightning in the final to win their third title and will be looking to continue their success this season.

Essex Eagles - Won the 2019 Championship after defeating Worcestershire Rapids 145 - 148 in the final. Finished third last season but were knocked out by finalists Lancashire Lightning in the quarterfinals.

Glamorgan - The only Welsh team in the competition, they have never won the Vitality Blast. Finishing sixth last season, they will be looking to break into the top four in 2023.

Gloucestershire - Finished fifth last season, will be disappointed to miss out on a playoff spot and will want to improve next year.

Kent Spitfires - Won the championship in 2007 and 2021 defeating Gloucestershire and Somerset CCC. Finished bottom of the division in 2022 at the end of a disastrous season.

Middlesex Cricket - Won their only championship in 2008, defeating Kent Spitfires in a thrilling final contest. Finished eighth last year in a disappointing campaign and will be eager to improve their position in 2023.

Somerset CCC - Won the 2005 title after beating Lancashire Lightning in the final. Ended the season in second place in 2022, but were defeated by eventual champions Hampshire Hawks in the semi-finals.

Surrey CCC - Winners of the inaugural Vitality Blast title in 2003, beating the Bears in the final. Finished the 2022 season in first place but lost by one run in the quarterfinals to Yorkshire Vikings.

Sussex Sharks - The 2009 champs, beating Somerset CCC to the title. Ended their 2022 campaign in seventh place and will be eager to push for a top-half finish next year.

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The 2023 season of the Vitality Blast is shaping up to be a fantastically exciting, hard-hitting season of Twenty20 cricket. With last season's top dogs battling it out again for league dominance and the lower teams looking to progress up the ranks, you don't want to miss any of the action.

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Vitality Blast 2023 fixtures

Fixtures for the 2023 Vitality Blast begin on the 20th of May with a massive double header at Edgbaston, officially titled Vitality T20 Blast Off. The season culminates with the grand final also held at Edgbaston on the 15th of July.

The fixtures are as follows:

Saturday 20 May – Vitality T20 Blast Off doubleheader

Wednesday 24 May

  • Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire - Spitfire Ground, Canterbury
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Worcestershire Rapids - County Ground, Northampton
  • Somerset v Hampshire Hawks - Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Thursday 25 May

Friday 26 May

Saturday 27 May

Sunday 28 May

  • Somerset v Glamorgan - Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton - Doubleheader with Western Storm v SE Stars in the Charlotte Edwards Cup
  • Surrey v Sussex Sharks - Kia Oval
  • Yorkshire Vikings v Durham - Headingley - Doubleheader with Northern Diamonds v Sunrisers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup

Monday 29 May

Tuesday 30 May

Wednesday 31 May

  • Hampshire Hawks v Surrey - Ageas Bowl - Doubleheader with Southern Vipers v Thunder in the Charlotte Edwards Cup
  • Middlesex v Glamorgan - Merchant Taylors' School
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Birmingham Bears - County Ground, Northampton - Doubleheader with Sunrisers v Western Storm in the Charlotte Edwards Cup

Thursday 1 June

Friday 2 June

Saturday 3 June

Sunday 4 June

Tuesday 6 June

Wednesday 7 June

  • Birmingham Bears v Derbyshire Falcons - Edgbaston
  • Glamorgan v Surrey - Sophia Gardens - Doubleheader with Western Storm v The Blaze in the Charlotte Edwards Cup
  • Hampshire Hawks v Somerset - Ageas Bowl
  • Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles - Spitfire Ground, Canterbury - Doubleheader with SE Stars v Central Sparks in the Charlotte Edwards Cup
  • Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids - Blackpool - Doubleheader with Thunder v Northern Diamonds in the Charlotte Edwards Cup

Thursday 8 June

  • Middlesex v Sussex Sharks - Lord’s
  • Notts Outlaws v Durham - Trent Bridge

Friday 9 June

Friday 16 June

Saturday 17 June

Sunday 18 June

Monday 19 June

Tuesday 20 June

Wednesday 21 June

  • Glamorgan v Somerset - Sophia Gardens
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Derbyshire Falcons - County Ground, Northampton

Thursday 22 June

Friday 23 June

Friday 30 June

Saturday 1 July

  • Sussex Sharks v Gloucestershire - 1st Central County Ground, Hove

Sunday 2 July

Thursday 6 July

  • Quarter-final 1 - (Venue TBC)
  • Quarter-final 2 - (Venue TBC)

Friday 7 July

  • Quarter-final 3 - (Venue TBC)
  • Quarter-final 4 - (Venue TBC)

Saturday 15 July – Vitality Blast Finals Day