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No play Saturday in Roses Match
No play Saturday in Roses Match
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Rain prevented any play on Saturday between Lancashire and Yorkshire in the Roses match at Headingley, and the teams will try again on Sunday.

Lancashire Head Coach Peter Moores has a 13-man squad for this LV= County Championship fixture (Saturday 29 May to Tuesday 1 June: 11.00am start).

Squad: Glen Chapple (capt), Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Kerrigan, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Ashwell Prince, Daren Powell, Luke Procter, Tom Smith, Luke Sutton (wkt).

Paul Horton is keen to continue his enviable record against Roses rivals Yorkshire when their LV= County Championship contest gets underway.

Horton has amassed 500 runs in seven first-class innings against the Red Rose county’s arch-rivals, and he is looking to improve an average of 83.3 in the fixture when Glen Chapple’s men travel to Headingley.

“It’s been a nice ground for me to bat at, and it’s a game that I really enjoy,” said the Liverpool-based player, who scored 149 and 152 in two of his last three appearances at the Leeds venue.

Horton, who has passed 50 twice this summer, top scored with 64 in Lancashire’s second innings on the final day of their draw against Essex at Old Trafford on Thursday. He also scored 123 against the same opponents at Chelmsford through the middle of last month.

“I’ve been happy with my form,” continued the 27 year-old. “I’ve been happy that I haven’t been getting 30s, 40s or 50s and getting out. I’ve either got a low score or a big one. The key for me is to get in and make another big one.

“It was nice to get a hundred early, it’s just a shame that I haven’t backed it up so far. It’s been a bit of a disappointment, but we can all score more runs.”

Yorkshire and Lancashire do battle at the upper end of Division One, with the sides in first and third place respectively. A win for either could give them top spot going into the month long break for the Friends Provident Twenty20.

Horton commented: “It’s a big game, and they don’t come any bigger. To play a side that is flying adds an importance. They’re top and we’re third, we’re both going well in the Championship.”

Yorkshire have not won a Roses Championship fixture at Headingley since July 2001, when David Byas captained the hosts to a seven-wicket success over a Lancashire side including Michael Atherton, John Crawley and Andrew Flintoff.

Horton continued: “Our recent record against them is good. I haven’t played in a first-class game that Yorkshire have won, so we go into it with all sorts of confidence.

“It’s quite exciting going into it this weekend. There will hopefully be a big crowd in there watching. We all know the traditions of the fixture, and there have been many greats who have played in the games before. To win the Battle of the Roses for Lancashire would be nice.”

Yorkshire will have England bowler Ajmal Shahzad available for his first match since mid-April after being on duty with the victorious World Twenty20 squad and with the Test squad ahead of their series against Bangladesh.

Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh, Peakpix Digital Images

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