Peter Moores was quite justifiably in positive mood after seeing his Lancashire side claim a rain-wrecked LV= County Championship draw against Somerset at Taunton today
The Red Rose coach believes the players have "cranked it up" after successive home defeats to start the defence of their title, and was pleased with how things went with both bat and ball in the West Country.
Lancashire jump off the foot of the Division One table with nine points, including the maximum five bonus points on offer for batting, ahead of Wednesday's clash with Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford.
Steven Croft's 113 and Ashwell Prince's 96 - the fourth-wicket pair shared an imposing stand of 208 - underpinned the champions' first innings score of 400 all out.
Glen Chapple (2-15 from ten overs) and Luke Procter then shared the three wickets as Somerset were restricted to 87-3 from 38 overs in reply.
A total of 233 overs were lost across the four days, with the final day being called off just after 10am due to rain, wind and an outfield that would have made a decent test site for the Olympic sailing events which will be held an hour's drive away at Weymouth in August.
Moores said: "It's disappointing that we couldn't force a result because I think we played very well.
"To get 400 in April anywhere is a good effort. We said before the game that we wanted a big partnership, and we got one. Credit to Steven Croft and Ashwell Prince for the way they played. They played very positively, taking the opportunity to put Somerset under pressure.
"We bowled with the kind of discipline we came to expect last year. We bowled with that patience, tight line and aggression as a team. The overs we bowled on Saturday were as good as any county side will bowl. That had the look of international quality.
"We've moved up a notch, we've cranked it up a little bit. That's what we asked of the players, and they responded."
Lancashire, including Jimmy Anderson, will now face Nottinghamshire, including Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, at Old Trafford later this week. It will be the first Championship match played at the county's headquarters since September of 2010 when Notts clinched the title with a draw.
"We're looking forward to playing at Old Trafford," added Moores, who reports a clean bill of health. "It should be a really good game with some of the international guys back on both teams."
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Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd
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