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White backing Lancs trophy bid

Wayne White is backing Lancashire to shine next summer in all three competitions - and he is desperate to play a significant role in their bid for glory.

The all-rounder, a recruit from Leicestershire last winter, struggled to make a telling impact in first-team colours in 2013, playing only six LV= County Championship matches, seven Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and none in the Friends Life t20.

After winning the Twenty20 title with Foxes in 2011, beating Lancashire in the semi-final, it was a shock to see him on the sidelines for the whole competition.

There were still flashes of excellence from the 28-year-old - four-wicket hauls came in 40-over wins over Surrey and Scotland and a second-innings 61 against Gloucestershire in the Championship at Liverpool.

But next summer, he wants such performances to be all the more frequent.

“For the club, it (2013) was the season we wanted,” he said.

“We set goals, and we achieved the promotion to Division One we wanted. We were probably one win away from the semis in 40-over cricket and in Twenty20, we came up one run short of Finals Day. Overall, it was a pretty good season.

“Personally, it was good to get involved with the lads. It might not have been the greatest of seasons for me, but now that it’s out of the way I can reflect on settling in well and getting to know everyone a bit better. Hopefully I can have a better season next year.

“I don’t want to make excuses because my performances at the start of the season didn’t allow me to get set in the first team. The summer petered out for me a bit after that.

“The lads who were in the side were doing well, so you can’t really complain at not being in  when people are doing well and you’re winning games.
 
“I was doing well in the seconds and doing the things I could, but you don’t mind not getting in when others are doing well.

“I had a back spasm during the first training session we had ahead of Twenty20, and it kind of snowballed from there. I didn’t get anywhere near a squad, which was frustrating. But, at the same time, we had a set formula that worked.

“It’s for me this winter to push my case in all three formats.

“I managed to get a double hernia and a groin operation done at the end of the season, which was nagging away during the last couple of months of the summer.

“I’m all sorted and fit now. I’ve got no excuses. Come March time I will be knocking on the door.

“I’ve decided to stay in Manchester this winter to work with the coaches and everyone here. I’ve had three winters away now (in Australia), and I think bowling 12 months of the year can catch up with you a little bit.

“It’s good to have a rest from that side, but I have been training hard since the end of the season. I’ll have a nice break over Christmas for a couple of weeks and then straight back into it.”

Last summer’s promotion means White will get a first crack at Division One cricket after nine campaigns in the second tier with Derbyshire, Leicestershire and the Red Rose. That was the main reason he signed on at Emirates Old Trafford.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” he added. “A lot of the lads have been there before, and we kind of have a point to prove after being relegated.

“Obviously there are some really good teams up there, so it’s going to be a tough, competitive league. But there’s no reason why we can’t compete.

“I know it’s a cliche in sport, but if you can get off to a good start in the first two months of the season, you have a great chance. Durham showed that last season. They were not seen as favourites, but they kept in touch and then went on a great run at the end.

“If we can start well early doors against teams like Notts and Yorkshire and get a couple of wins under our belts, we’ll be in the mix towards the back end of the season. Then, anything can happen. 

“We’ve got a strong squad, quite a deep squad. We’ve got a chance in all three formats.”

Graham Hardcastle
Picture (c) Simon Pendrigh

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