Giles looking forward to Surrey clash
Ashley Giles is hoping his Lancashire side can take inspiration from their dominant performance against Yorkshire last week as they prepare to take on Surrey at the Oval tomorrow.
The Red Rose had to settle for an eleven-point draw against the reigning county champions at Emirates Old Trafford after failing to bowl them out on Tuesday’s fourth day.
But they played the kind of cricket that suggests a seven-game winless streak could come to an end against a Surrey side who have won two of their last four Specsavers Division One matches.
Only four points separate the two sides this week, with Surrey third and Lancashire fourth.
The latter have a game in hand, however, and a win could spark a late surge towards a first title since 2011.
“I’ve nothing but praise for how we came out against Yorkshire. The mood was just different on the practice wickets beforehand.
“We talked about not being bullied by their side, which is a very good double-Championship winning team, and we weren’t. I’ve spoken before about being proactive and starting games well, and we did that.
“We were happy to come out of the game with the way we played our cricket and a strong draw against a very good team. It can kick us on, and it should do. Our job as coaches, as much as anything, is to try and manage those highs and lows because you are going to have disappointments in a season.
“We feel the disappointments of the white ball stuff as much as anyone else, of course, and it affects the mood of the dressing room. Long games like at Hampshire recently when you’re on the wrong end of a toss and you’re scrapping for two and a half days to bat out a game. That affects your mood too.
“We need to make sure we go to Surrey and turn up with the same sort of intensity and quality as Yorkshire.”
Lancashire’s last of their three wins this season came against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford in late May when Kyle Jarvis took eleven wickets in an innings victory inside three days.
At that stage, Surrey looked like they would be in the thick of a relegation battle.
But they have beaten Hampshire and Warwickshire in recent weeks to surge up the table.
“It’s a highly competitive division and very tight. Any side can beat any other side, so it’s going to be an exciting run in. It’s a great division, and there’s been some really good cricket played.
“We have four games left. They are all big games, and as we stand, we could either go down or win the league. There’s a lot to play for.”