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Yorkshire Bank 40

Emirates Old Trafford
26/08/13 @ 13.45
1 Day

Lancashire Lightning V Essex Eagles

Lancs focus on final YB40 game

Lancs focus on final YB40 game

Peter Moores wants Lancashire to win Monday's Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Essex Eagles at Emirates Old Trafford and not worry about anything else.

If that is enough to see them through to the semi-finals, fantastic. If not, then the Lightning can look ahead to the 2014 limited overs campaign with a great deal of confidence.

The Red Rose side need to win their seventh Group B match on the spin and hope that other results go their way to reach the last four. If Lancashire win and Hampshire lose, they will be guaranteed top spot and progression. If Lancashire win and Hampshire win, however, things start to get complicated.

It could very well come down to net run-rate with the three second-placed teams on 15 points from 11 matches. [Click here for semi-final qualification details]

Squad: Glen Chapple (capt), Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wkt), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Kabir Ali, Simon Katich, Simon Kerrigan, Arron Lilley, Stephen Moore, Oliver Newby, Ashwell Prince, Tom Smith.

And Moores, whose side beat Essex comfortably at Chelmsford earlier in the season, admitted that is a tough one to prepare for with all the unknown factors it entails.

“I think you've got to win, that's all you've got to do,” he said. “If you could get confused by all the perms going around, you end up losing a game. There's enough to concentrate on getting the two points.

“What I said to the lads before these four games was 'I thought if we win all four games, we'd be unlucky not to get a semi’.

“It doesn't mean we'll be guaranteed. What we could control was winning the last four games in a row. We've done three out of four, and we've got one more to go. Win that, and it puts us in with a chance.

“If we don't get through, we can take some comfort from the fact that we've won seven in a row, we're playing good cricket and setting ourselves up as developing players. Other sides are allowed to play well as well, but you can only beat what's in front of you.”

Across all forms of the game, Lancashire have played some excellent cricket, not least 40-over cricket. They have won their last six either side of the break for the Friends Twenty20, and Moores added: “Our toughest period of cricket was in the first six weeks when we didn't play quite as well as we'd want. We still managed to hang in there.

“Then we played really good cricket in all competitions. We narrowly missed out on a quarter-final in the Twenty20, and we're still in the hunt now for a semi in the YB40 - and we're running well in the Championship. It's what you want.

“You want to be as many comps as you can right the way to the wire. We've got to win against Essex and hope things perm our way to get that spot. There's a lot to play for, which is exciting.”

Graham Hardcastle
Picture (c) Simon Pendrigh


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