STEPHEN MOORE believes there has been a silver lining to his injury cloud.
The Red Rose batsman is currently on the road to recovery after dislocating his right shoulder in a fielding accident during the Friends Provident Twenty20 quarter final against Essex at Chelmsford in late July.
“I’ve never been injured, I’ve never missed a game through injury in seven or eight years of cricket,” said the 30 year-old, who was ruled out for the rest of his first season at Old Trafford.
“But, because I have played a lot of cricket over the last few years, it has given me the chance to get away from the game and get in better shape mentally and physically.”
So bad was Moore’s injury, he could not make the short walk around the boundary edge to the ambulance - and he had to wait for the groundsman’s buggy to take him.
His main concern, however, was not about the pain, but whether his Lightning team-mates would win or lose.
He explained: “Although I was in a lot of pain, I said to our physio Sam ‘just keep me posted on what’s happening’ because I felt we had the score to win. The guys were bowling well, and I felt pretty confident.
“When I came out of anaesthetic, I saw Sam and he was very quiet. I said ‘man, you’re not talking too much’. He said ‘yeah’. I didn’t take that as a good sign. That wasn’t the best way to wake up.”
In his debut season for the Club, Moore impressed in the 40-over and Twenty20 formats.
He scored two CB40 hundreds against Surrey and former county Worcestershire, while he also crashed Twenty20 scores of 83 not out off 52 balls against Durham, 59 off 32 against Yorkshire and 51 not out off 24 balls against Nottinghamshire.
He added: “A lot of the stuff I’d been working on personally over the last couple of years had been coming together in the first half of the season.
“I felt great in the middle, and the way I was playing in one day cricket was very pleasing for me.
“I felt like I’d turned a page as a batsman. It was frustrating that the weight of runs weren’t coming in four day cricket, which is why I moved here – to win a Championship trophy.
“But I do believe that if you keep working, doing the hard yards, the game will pay you back in the end.
“My goal is to come back fitter and stronger next season, and I will definitely hungrier than I ever have been before when I go out to bat.”
Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Cricket Centre is about to announce its junior coaching programme for the whole of 2011.
The courses, which will be held in one the finest indoor cricket facilities in the country, are available for young cricketers between the age of 5 and 18.
A variety of courses will be available to meet the needs of all boys and girls, whatever their level. The courses range from Saturday Club, which is aimed at complete beginners to Specialised Courses for the more serious cricketer.
There are even courses that give you the opportunity to stay over in the Old Trafford Lodge on a three-day Residential Course.
If you wish to book onto any of our courses or you require further information visit www.lccc.co.uk/centre or contact the centre on 0161 282 4037.