Maharoof Returns To Boost Lancs
Maharoof Returns To Boost Lancs

Farveez Maharoof returns from Test match duty with Sri Lanka for Lancashire Lightning's Friends Life t20 match against Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston on Sunday.

The all-rounder boosts a squad that is still missing Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan who are both nursing injuries.

Squad: Steven Croft (capt), Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Gareth Cross (wkt), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Farveez Maharoof, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Oliver Newby, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Tom Smith

Scholarship star Jordan Clark insists confidence is still high in the Lancashire dressing room after three Friends Life t20 losses in ten days.

The 20 year-old has played in each of the three defeats to Leicestershire and Yorkshire twice, but very nearly turned the tables at Headingley on Friday night with a stunning batting blitz.

After the Lightning had slipped to 137-9 early in the 18th over as they pursued 179, Clark lashed two sixes and three fours, including 22 of 24 runs scored off Rich Pyrah in the penultimate, to give the hosts one mighty scare.

But, unfortunately, the Red Rose head down the M6 for Sunday's match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston having slipped down the North Division table.

Clark, however, said: "As Peter Moores says, and the lads know ourselves, we've got a team which will win games. We've got individuals who will pull off performances.

"We've lost a couple of games by a narrow margin, and the odd day you might come away with a win. We just need to hold our heads high and not get too down about it because we've got another game on Sunday.

"Edgbaston is looking like a new stadium, and hopefully there'll be a big crowd in there as well. It's a big game which we need to win. We're looking forward to it."

Not surprisingly, Cumbrian Clark has admitted to feeling more and more at home in the first team after a whole host of enterprising cameos, with Friday's being by far and away the best of them.

However, it was evident from his very first game against Worcestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 win at Liverpool last season, when he made 32 off 40 balls, that he had taken to county cricket like a duck to water.

He commented: "I'm starting to feeling more part of it. I've had a few knocks under my belt now. I'm growing in confidence all the time, and I'm starting to understand the game a lot more. I'm enjoying every game I play."

Last year's clash at Edgbaston was washed out early in Lancashire's chase of 197.

The Lightning will be able to call on the services of Maharoof for the clash following his early release from his country's Test squad.

The club are still waiting for the necessary paper work to complete Pakistani Junaid Khan move to Old Trafford.

Captain Steven Croft said: "Having Farveez back and Junaid arriving makes the squad stronger, and that is a good thing because it keeps everyone on their toes and maintains the high intensity.

"These games come fast, and there will be niggles here and there. It will be a good thing for us.

"I haven't seen much of Junaid, although we have heard good reports. If Wasim (Akram) has recommended him, then he must be a good one. We're all excited about him joining up with us

"Farveez fitted in really well with us. It will be great to have him around again."

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