Rain thwarts Anderson return
Rain thwarts Anderson return

Rain has prevented James Anderson getting any overs under his belt before Thursday's 3rd Test against Sri Lanka.

Today's Friends Life t20 match at Worcester was abandoned without a ball bowled after hours of steady rain.

Lancashire are not in action until Friday when they travel across the Pennines for the return fixture with Yorkshire Carnegie.

Before the abandonment, Tom Smith had saluted his opening partnership with ex-Worcestershire batsman Stephen Moore.

The left-hander, has formed an impressive alliance at the head of the Lightning order in 20-over cricket. In the five North Division matches so far, they have shared 95, 40, 51, 88 and one, and they are the county's leading run-scorers in this competition.

Smith said: "Me and Moorey get on really well off the field as well, which helps us when we're out in the middle. We complement each other quite well, whether it's me going hard one day or Moorey the other. One of us is always likely to go out there and get off to a good start."

Following Friday's Yorkshire clash, Moore, who hit 34, was the leading 20-over scorer in the country with 207 runs from five matches.

By his own admission, Moore has had most of his success in a Red Rose shirt against the white ball, whether it be in 20-over or 40-over cricket.

And Smith says the 30 year-old is full of confidence.

"He's hitting the ball sweetly at the moment, all year he has," continued Smith. "The intent he shows means that no matter what score we're chasing, we're always going to get off to a good start.

"Steven Croft coming in a three, Paul Horton at four, Gareth Cross at five and Jordan Clark at six, they're all hitting the ball well too. Any one of those guys could go out there and get a big score."

Smith and Moore were paired together last season by coach Peter Moores, who promoted Moore and pushed Horton down to number four in the order.

Moores echoed Smith's comments. He said: "When we changed the order with Tom and Stephen up front, Crofty three and Horts four, it began to get a very solid look.

"There's quite a nice balance. Tom's style of play dovetails quite nicely with Stephen's, Crofty can be one of the most explosive strikers of a ball on the circuit and Horts is more of a rotator."

Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh

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