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News - 27th September 2013

Great way to finish season

Great way to finish season

Head Coach Peter Moores felt that today's last day action was a good test and had more value than batting out for a draw to protect Lancashire's unbeaten record.

"That was a great way to finish a county season to be fair," said Moores. "Credit to Paul Horton, who set up a very good game of cricket, and to Darren Stevens for an unbelievable innings to get them over the line."

"We could have carried on a bit longer (with the bat), but I think Paul did the right thing to pull out.

"They had to play very, very well to chase that score, and they did. You saw when we batted in the second innings that it had flattened out a lot, but it was a good test for us to put some of our less experienced bowlers out there and under pressure. All in all, it was a really good day's cricket for both sides.

"Stevens paced his innings very well and played some beautiful shots.

"The one thing I don't want to forget about the game is Ashwell Prince's performance. The first day when we lost the toss was very difficult, and it was a great effort to get 130. The second innings was good, but the first one was outstanding."
 
Asked if the result affected how he viewed the season, Moores reply was unequivocal: "No, not at all. If we just wanted to have an unbeaten record, we would have carried on batting. We would have batted until lunchtime, set them 550 and not given them a chance.

"To me, this game was an opportunity to create exposure for other players in other roles."


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