Defending champions Nottinghamshire, who topped the North Group, will put their superb Vitality Blast record on the line when they take on Hampshire tonight.
The Outlaws have featured in 10 quarterfinals over the past 12 seasons, which is a testament to their prowess in the format. That said, they had notable defeats in 2012 and 2014, and both were against Hampshire, which shows that these two have a bit of a history.
Notts will be without their talismanic captain Dan Christian, who was called up by Australia for international duty, leaving Steven Mullaney to skipper the ship.
The home side will also be wary of the fact that there have never been back-to-back championships won in England’s topflight T20 history.
Their batting is quite star-studded, with names such as Alex Hales, Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett leading the charge. The bowling unit, however, is a bit thin and Mullaney will have to be creative with his options.
Hampshire did not have as stellar a campaign as Notts but they still managed to finish fourth in the South Group, thanks to a series of positive results towards the end.
They are currently riding a five-match winning streak in the competition and eyeing a sixth one, which would send them into the final four.
The main men with the bat for Hampshire will of course be Joe Weatherley, James Vince and D’Arcy Short — all three of whom have 300-plus runs in the competition.
Liam Dawson and Chris Wood have both shaken off their injuries to provide another timely boost to Hampshire.