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Petersen seeks home comforts against Somerset

Petersen seeks home comforts against Somerset

Alviro Petersen is looking forward to home comforts as Lancashire aim to get back to winning ways against his former county Somerset this week.

The Red Rose side are bidding for their first win in nine Specsavers County Championship matches when the Cidermen visit Emirates Old Trafford, starting tomorrow.

Since winning three of their first five matches to top Division One, all at home, Lancashire have slipped down the table and are still not clear of relegation danger.

One more win from their remaining three matches would almost certainly put those worries to bed given there is already a 16-point gap to second-bottom Hampshire.

Petersen insists confidence remains high in the dressing room despite last week’s 10-wicket defeat to Surrey at the Oval.

"We are pleased to be back at Old Trafford, our home ground. We play well there,” said the South African batsman.

"When we won those three matches, we were flying. But it's important to keep your feet on the ground and treat each game as a new challenge. Perhaps some of the young guys are struggling to get used to that, but it comes with experience.

"There's a lot of confidence in the dressing room. 

“The positive thing about young guys is that they might not feel as much pressure. We have got a few of those in our team, which is great. 

"There's not past experience to tell them how to deal with these experiences. It's all about getting out there, playing and enjoying themselves. The key thing is to play well as a team.

"A win would be nice. We want to win every game, but the important thing is to start well against Somerset. We started well against Yorkshire at home, and in the three wins we had we started well.”

Somerset were the third of four counties 35-year-old Petersen has played for during his career, with Glamorgan and Essex the other two.

He spent two seasons at Taunton in 2013 and 2014, scoring a century for them in a draw at Emirates Old Trafford in his final season there before moving to the North West.

Somerset are currently fourth in Division One with 151 points. They are eight clear of Lancashire with four to play and a game in hand.

Chris Rogers’ side have won three, lost one and drawn eight, including one of the latter being against Lancashire in the early stages of the season.

Petersen added: "They started off not so well, but towards the back end have pulled some wins together, which is important when you get some momentum together. They've got on a roll. 

“We have to find a way to stop them. But, at the same time, we need to win. Like I said, we have to start well on days one and two and set the game up.”

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