Chapple praises impact of Buck and Mahmood
Buck and Mahmood have been involved in each of Lancashire’s first three North Group fixtures, although they didn’t get the chance to bowl in Sunday’s washout against Notts at Blackpool.
The pair have taken eight wickets between them across the two completed matches; Buck has five and Mahmood three.
They both took three each in last Wednesday’s defeat at Northamptonshire.
Buck and Mahmood have had to remain patient for their chances this year, only getting a run out in this competition. They have certainly, so far, put their names in the frame for more appearances.
Ahead of tomorrow’s RL50 Roses clash against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford, a floodlit clash starting at 2pm, bowling coach Chapple said: “I am really pleased with how Buck and Mahmood have played.
“It's never easy when you get your chance in the first team, and that brings with it added nerves and stress. But the way they came straight in was impressive from two lads who are desperate to play.
“Saqib is 19-years-old, and one of his many strengths is that he is desperate to improve and desperate to get in the team. He believes he is good enough to do that.
“He can bowl fast, and he has good skills. He is exciting for the future as long as he works hard.”
Lancashire have won one, lost one and had the other washed out from their opening three RL50 matches.
Yorkshire, playing today against Northamptonshire at Scarborough, went into that clash with one defeat and a washout from their first two matches.
Tomorrow’s clash is the first of two home matches in two days for the Red Rose, who are back in NatWest T20 Blast action against Northants on Thursday evening.
“The fixtures are piling up, and these periods when we are busy can be good when you win,” said Chapple.
The performances of Buck and Mahmood have come as a welcome boost for Lancashire, who will have to deal without overseas bowler Neil Wagner for five County Championship matches from the start of next month.
Wagner has been called up by New Zealand for their four Test Match tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa, and he will only return to county action for the last two matches of the summer.
Chapple, however, is confident the squad can cope.
"There are a lot of positive signs moving forward with the bowling attack,” he added.
“At the start of the season, we definitely needed some experience in there, and Wags has been exceptional for us, especially in the first few games.
“He has taken a lot of wickets in the Championship for us and brought an extra dimension to the attack, which we really needed.
“He will be missed. But the number of bowlers we have, we have the potential to cover that. If we can have people in form and confident, that can make up for the lack of seniority.”