Confident Lancs set for Hove clash
Confident Lancs set for Hove clash

Peter Moores has named a 14-man squad for the LV= County Championship fixture against Sussex at Hove, starting on Tuesday.

Tom Smith misses out through injury with fast bowler Steven Cheetham added to the squad. Smith is awaiting the results of a medical scan after picking up an injury while batting in the Clydesdale Bank 40 win against the Unicorns.

Glen Chapple returns to the side after missing last week's Championship match against Somerset at Liverpool. The Lancashire captain made a successful return to action against the Unicorns on Sunday.

Squad: Glen Chapple (Captain), Karl Brown, Steven Cheetham, Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wkt), Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Simon Kerrigan, Farveez Maharoof, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Oliver Newby, Luke Procter.

Lancashire are joint top of the LV= County Championship Division One table with Warwickshire, but Peter Moores and his men are keen to keep their heads down and minds focused firmly on the job in hand.

That job is to replicate the excellent cricket they have played in their opening two matches, whilst hoping that it will be enough to beat newly promoted Sussex at Hove.

And coach Moores, who coached Sussex to Championship glory in 2003, believes both sides will start the game full of confidence.

He said: "Sussex are a good side and buoyed by the fact that they had a good win against Durham. It's their first home game, so they'll be really up for that challenge. So will we. All we're hoping for is what we've had so far, four full days of cricket.

"We'll go there really confident, but expecting a tough game. Winning two games is good, and the way we've won the two games has been the real plus. We've scored consistent runs, getting over 450 two games in a row.

"But we've played well over a consistent period of time, and have played very, very good cricket. We'll try and play the same brand of cricket, knowing that if you score runs then you'll put sides under pressure."

"When we start at Sussex, we'll have some momentum having won a couple of games. They'll also have some having won at Durham."

Captain Glen Chapple has recovered from the calf strain that forced him to sit out the Somerset match, and ahead of the trip south, he said: "We're looking to carry on, but remain disciplined. We'll take all the confidence we can out of having had a good start to the season. We'll get stuck into our away games."

Lancashire started the campaign with an innings and 55-run win over the Martlets at Liverpool a fortnight ago, wrapping up the match in double quick time as Sussex lost their last seven second innings wickets for just 22 runs on the final day.

Chapple added: "We know we can beat them. Once we've beaten Somerset as well, we know that we're good enough for anybody on our day. We've just got to maintain our focus and keep our standards high."

Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
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