Blackpool’s very own Lancashire star STEVEN CROFT writes only in your Gazette every week
WE couldn’t be in much better form heading into the Roses match with Yorkshire at Liverpool.
We may not be top of the table by then – Nottingham will probably have leap-frogged us, as they are in action against Sussex, while we are having a few days off.
But we will be going all out to make sure that position is only temporary.
We will have Jimmy Anderson in the team, while Yorkshire will have Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad, and all three bowlers will have their eye on an England Test spot.
We are really proud of how we did in beat Warwickshire in our last four-day game at Edgbaston – in fact, with a bit of luck, we could have had a 100 per cent record by now.
I may have only scored 67 in the second innings, but in the context of the game, it was up there with one of my best-ever innings for the county, as it was not the easiest pitch to play on.
We had to thank our spinners Simon Kerrigan and Gary Keedy for the good job they did in tandem to dismiss Warwickshire in their second knock.
There was nothing wrong with the pitch – it was just a case of our excellent bowling and indifferent Warwickshire batting.
And to think Simon wasn’t supposed to be playing – he only got into the side at the last minute because Kyle Hogg got injured in the warm-up.
We have had a couple of days off this week and it is a bit of mixed blessing.
It would have been good to carry on the good work now we are on a roll in the Championship, but with all the travelling on the coach we have had to do lately, it is good to have had this break.
The Roses match is always a special fixture – it is invariably hard-fought, but it is nothing like it was in the old days when there was no quarter given and a lot of passion engendered.
Keedy will be looking to do particularly well and follow up the form he showed at Edgbaston – he played for Yorkshire before he joined us, but he regards himself as a Lancashire lad now.
*WE enjoy a good team spirit these days at the club, and though we are quite a young side, some of us have been together for seven or eight years, having started alongside each other in the second XI before progressing to the first team.
Farvez Maharoof is our overseas player this year, and it has not taken him long to settle.
He didn’t play against Warwickshire, as he was injured, but he carried the drinks and was part and parcel of everything we did.
*THINGS have not gone quite so smoothly in the one-day game, and we were disappointed to lose in the Clydedale Bank 40 against Glamorgan last weekend.
We are on our travels again next week, when we go to Taunton to play Somerset, and it’s a match that we need to win – you can’t afford to lose three matches and then expect to make progress in this competition.