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News - 16th June 2011

Mahmood back in Lancs lineup

Mahmood back in Lancs lineup

Sajid Mahmood is included in Lancashire Lightning's 13-man squad for today's Friends Life t20 Roses match

Mahmood and Kyle Hogg both return after injury, but skipper Glen Chapple misses the game following the injury he picked up last week and Simon Kerrigan is missing with a slight strain. 

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

Gary Keedy has spoken of his excitement about returning to Headingley ahead of tonight’s Friends Life t20 Roses clash.

Keedy played one match for Yorkshire before crossing the Pennines in 1994, and has been a roaring success in a Lancashire shirt ever since, taking 800 wickets in all matches for the Old Trafford club.

It was ironic that the 36 year-old left-arm spinner, a one-time England Lion, took his 800th scalp against his home county in last Friday’s 20-over clash, bowling left-hander Adam Lyth as Lancashire fought hard in their bid to defend 123.

But he and his Lightning team-mates will be determined to recover from back to beat defeats with a third North Division win from seven matches tonight.

Keedy said: "I had all my junior years there. Obviously I left for whatever reasons, but I've still got a lot of mates there. The members are still always good to me.

“I've got a lot of good memories from Headingley, and I like playing there. I always enjoy going back.”

The sides have played out two classic contests this summer, one in the County Championship and the other in the Twenty20 format. Both fixtures have highlighted the fine margins in cricket.

And, specifically referring to t20, Keedy continued: “Twenty20 cricket, you can win or lose a game in an over. You've got to play well for 40 overs. We didn't start well. As soon as that happens in these shortened games, you're struggling.

"Browny and Proccy gave us a bit of a lifeline, and the bowlers and fielders played out of their skins, so to lose in the last over like we did was obviously very disappointing. But the fighting spirit we showed to even stay in the game was good for the team.

"It will be nice to go to Headingley and beat them at their place. But they're a good side, and there's no weak teams in this competition. One over can change a game, so we'll have to go over there and play well for 40 overs.”

Keedy has taken 42 wickets in all competitions for Lancashire this summer, including seven from four Twenty20 matches.

He is also the leading County Championship wicket-taker in the country with 34 from seven matches.

He commented: "I couldn't have asked for any more really. After the preparation I put in, like I always do, to go in at halfway as the leading wicket-taker in the country, I'm delighted.

"It's not so much how many wickets I've got, but it's the impact I've had on certain games is pleasing.  I've had a good start in that (Twenty20) as well, also contributing towards winning games.”

Sajid Mahmood is in line to return for his maiden Twenty20 appearance this summer following his hip problem.

And Keedy added: "We’ve got seam bowlers to come back in, and I think we've missed Saj due to that bit of extra pace.

"Saj's one-day record in general is pretty good. He's got the added pace, he can 90mph, but he also bowls a variety of slower balls as well, which are dangerous to hit. He can also bat in the top six because he's another hitting option.

"We've certainly missed Saj, so it will be good to have him back."

Gary Keedy was talking to Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
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