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News - 24th June 2011

Jimmy Makes Lightning Return

Jimmy Makes Lightning Return

JAMES ANDERSON returns to the Lancashire Lightning squad for tonight's Friends Life t20 encounter against Durham Dynamos.

Squad: Steven Croft (C), James Anderson, Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Gareth Cross (Wkt), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Farveez Maharoof, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Tom Smith

The England seamer, who's preparing for the forthcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, will link up with a Lightning side who go in to the game with great confidence following their 10-wicket mauling of the Warwickshire Bears at the weekend.

Steven Croft will continue to captain the team following Glen Chapple’s absence with a hip injury, while Simon Kerrigan is still on the sidelines with a side strain.

Meanwhile, hundred hero Stephen Moore is preparing to shift his focus from his stunning display in the LV= County Championship at Trent Bridge yesterday.

The ex-Worcestershire opener scored his first County Championship century in Red Rose colours , a lesson in how to craft an innings in difficult conditions as his side beat Nottinghamshire by six wickets.

But, approximately a day later, he will be aiming to demolish the Durham attack as the Lightning aim for a fourth North Division win from nine matches against the Dynamos.

Moore, 30, said: “It’s bizarre. One minute you’re out there grafting and trying to see the side home by batting six hours. The next you’ll be lucky to face 30 balls.

“It’s going to be a shift in focus, but we’ve got some momentum from our last game against Warwickshire.”

Moore is his county’s leading run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket this year with 268 from seven innings, including two fifties.

One of those was in the last match against Warwickshire on Sunday when the Red Rose won by ten wickets at Edgbaston.

It was quite a rare occurrence for Moore and company this season in the sense that the majority of their matches have been thrillers. Think Derbyshire away, Leicestershire at home, Yorkshire at home and Yorkshire away.

Lancashire head to the North East third in the table with eight points from eight matches.

The match at Warwickshire yielded their first win in five following defeats against Leicester and Yorkshire twice as well as the washout at Worcester.

“We’ve been fortunate during that period where we didn’t get the victories under our belts that other sides were beating each other,” continued Moore. “No-one, apart from Notts at the top, has really pulled away in the table.

“Our goal is to get a home quarter-final (must finish in the top two).

“I think nine wins generally guarantees you qualification and eleven a home quarter-final. I think that’s the maths, but a lot depends on how other teams play. Our division is quite close, so you might not need as many.”

by Graham Hardcastle


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