It is no secret that Lancashire's main aim this summer is to regain their Division One status in the LV= County Championship.
But that will not stop them aiming for the top in limited overs cricket too says left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan.
The England Lions ace, who was the county’s leading wicket-taker in the Championship with 44 last term, is desperate to see the Lightning put a few recent near misses behind them and rekindle the glory days when the Kings of one-day cricket hailed from Old Trafford.
Kerrigan, fresh from a one-day tour of Australia with the Lions last month and through the early part of this, is in Dubai with his county colleagues on their pre-season tour.
Their first match is a Twenty20 clash with Sussex Sharks tomorrow before they take part in the Emirates Airline T20 competition on Friday at the Sevens ground in Dubai. It is a competition they are keen to win having finished as runners up to the Hove side last year.
“There’s a big push to win some one-day competitions this summer, so why not start out here with this Twenty20 competition,” said the 23-year-old Prestonian.
“Our goal every year is to win all three comps. If you ask the supporters, I’m sure they’ll say that doing well in the Championship is the main thing, but it doesn’t mean you forget about the others.
“The main aim is to get back into Division One where the big cricket’s played and generally the best players are playing. There’s no getting away from that. But you only have to look at how successful Lancashire have been in the past in one-day competitions and the great history it’s had. We want to add to that by making our history.
“Growing up I always remember watching Lancashire sides in Lord’s finals and then in Twenty20 finals with players like Flintoff, Law and Loye. You respect that and want to do it yourself.”
Kerrigan only returned home from Australia just over a fortnight ago, where he took four wickets in six one-day matches on tour against Victoria and Australia A, but he is back on the move again with Lancashire and the MCC, who he will link up with ahead of Sunday’s champion county four-day match against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi.
First of all, however, he could be playing against them in Friday’s T20 final.
“Since I got back from Australia, I’ve been desperate for the English summer to start really. I had a bit of a break, but now I can’t wait to get started. For the lads who haven’t been away this winter, they’ve been mad keen to get out here,” he added.
“Obviously the one-day cricket is something I want to keep working at because I only played three one-day matches. With Keeds leaving, it opens up the opportunity to play a bit more in those forms. This is a chance for me to show what I can do.”
Kerrigan has not played a competitive Twenty20 match since January of last year when the England Lions were on tour in Bangladesh. He has taken 15 wickets from just 19 matches in his career, including a best of 3-17.
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