Lancashire pick from 14 for tonight's Friends Life t20 clash with Derbyshire Falcons, with Simon Kerrigan replacing the injured Stephen Parry the only change.
Lancashire Lightning squad: Glen Chapple (capt), Kabir Ali, Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wkt), Kyle Hogg, Simon Katich, Simon Kerrigan, Arron Lilley, Mitchell McClenaghan, Stephen Moore, Ashwell Prince, Tom Smith.
Derbyshire Falcons squad: Wes Durston, Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wayne Madsen, Dan Redfern, Billy Godleman, Albie Morkel, Tom Poynton, Jonathan Clare, Peter Burgoyne, Tom Knight, David Wainwright, Mark Footitt, Mark Turner, Tim Groenewald.
A win against Derbyshire at Emirates Old Trafford tonight could ignite Lancashire’s Friends Life t20 campaign, according to coach Peter Moores.
The Red Rose have had a stop-start first half of their North Division campaign, winning two, losing two and picking up a tie against Yorkshire at Headingley a week ago to leave them needing a winning run to gain a quarter-final place.
One of their two defeats was against Derbyshire at the County Ground last Tuesday, so the Lightning definitely owe the Falcons one after Shiv Chanderpaul was central to their win with an unbeaten 87.
Lancashire go into the Derbyshire Falcons clash on the back of a four-run win against Leicestershire Foxes at Emirates Old Trafford last Sunday.
But the coach will have to make at least one change to his team tomorrow because left-arm spinner Stephen Parry has been ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks with a broken left forearm, suffered whilst batting in the indoor nets at Northamptonshire’s Wantage Road earlier this week.
"We've had tight games all the way through, and it was nice to win a tight one," said Moores, whose side sit third in the North Division with five points from five and one point behind Derbyshire in second, who have a game in hand.
"We had a great opportunity to win at Yorkshire, and we were really disappointed we didn't get over the line. It felt a bit more like a loss in some ways. But we had a good win against Leicester.
“It's a big game Derby because of where they're sat in the league. If we win that, we'll be one point behind and it will become a lot tighter.
"We still think it's in our own hands with five games to go to get qualification for the quarter-final. We've got to keep winning. Two home games on Friday and Sunday will be a good opportunity to hopefully back up the Leicester win and put ourselves in a good position. I don't think we'll have to win all five, although we might have to.
"You just want to catch fire at the right time. If you play well towards the back end of the qualifying and get your quarter-final, you're in better shape. It happened to us last time we got to Finals Day (in 2011). We won our last six qualifying games, went into the quarter at Sussex and played really well."
Moores is happy with his side’s performances with the ball, led by 10 wickets at a strike-rate of one every 11.4 balls for New Zealand overseas star Mitchell McClenaghan, but he wants to see them improve with the bat.
"If I'm being honest, bowling wise we've done pretty well. I don't think we've batted to our full potential yet,” he added. “Individuals have had good games, but I don't think we've had a collective innings when we've started well, we've batted well in the middle and we've finished well - when all three phases have gone well together.”
Derbyshire have won three of their four matches, losing against group leaders Nottse Outlaws last time out. They have not played a Twenty20 match since last Friday.
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