LANCASHIRE are going all out to reclaim top spot in the County Championship table in the Roses Match at Liverpool this week.
We went into the match in a prime position – only two points behind leaders Notts with a game in hand.
Notts won the title last year but Sussex did us a big favour by thrashing them the other day, preventing any chance of them stealing a march on us while we were out of action.
We can’t complain with the way things have gone sinch switching our Championship matches to Liverpool – we won our first two there by an innings.
Unlike Old Trafford, it is quite an intimate ground with the crowd on top of you.
We feel confident and relaxed playing there. We feel that if we bat first and get 400, we have the firepower in our bowling attack to take 20 wickets,
While all has gone well for the senior players in the four-day games so far, I am pleased to say there are a lot of good youngsters coming through at the club.
They may not be as young as Yorkshire’s Barney Gibson, who made his first class debut against Durham University at the age of 15, but the supply line looks to be working well and John Stanworth, who looks after the development side, is doing a tremendous job.
Gavin Griffiths, a promising bowler, is already a young Lancashire player of the year, while a batsman to watch is Lou Bentley.
It all bodes well for the future and keeps those of us currently in the first XI on our toes!
If only we could take our Championship form into the one-day game.
We’ve now lost three out of four Group C matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 series, and we know that is nowhere near good enough.
I got my first one-day century in the match against Somerset on Sunday. It’s good to get to a personal milestone like that, but all that matters is the team winning.
Largely thanks to Marcus Trescothick, Somerset won by seven wickets.
It’s hard enough to win at Taunton as it is – I don’t think Somerset have lost there since 2009 – but when Trescothick is in that kind of form it becomes all the harder.
He got his 100 in 79 balls (11 fours and three sixes) and is still one of the best batsmen in the world.
It is almost impossible to set a field to him when he plays like that, particularly with the restrictions of the power play – as I found out as stand-in captain last weekend.
Despite the defeat, I have to say I was delighted the captain the side. It is certainly challenging and something I enjoy doing.