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Croft aiming for one-day consistency

Croft aiming for one-day consistency

Steven Croft is targeting four wins from four, starting against Leicestershire at Grace Road today, as Lancashire return to Royal London one-day Cup action aiming to secure a quarter-final berth.

Croft admits “we don’t want to leave it to chance” in terms of their last eight hopes.

It may be that Lancashire don’t need to win all four of their remaining games to qualify, but they are currently at a disadvantage with a weak net run-rate following a heavy defeat to Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford last month.

After an encouraging start to the competition with a home win over Warwickshire, the Red Rose have had a No Result against Notts followed by defeats to Northants and arch-rivals Yorkshire.

It means they must hit the ground running when they travel to the Fischer County Ground to tackle a winless Foxes side who lost by 191 runs there to the White Rose county on Sunday and are bottom of the North Division.

Lancashire’s limited overs season has, as yet, failed to fire consistently in 2016.

But, following a consolatory NatWest T20 Blast win at Durham on Friday, this would be the ideal time to string a few successes together.

"A real reason for winning against Durham was to try take it into these few games and go back-to-back,” said Croft, whose side travel the short distance up the M1 to face Derbyshire under lights on Wednesday.

“I know it's a different competition, but it's an important week - and we are still in with a shout in the 50-over. 

“Hopefully we can start well leading into Wednesday. 

"We are only in two comps now, so we want to get back on track. It's pretty clear what we need to do. If we win all four games, we'll probably go through.

"We don't want to leave it to chance. We want to win all four. The weather may come into it, but that's what we're aiming for.”

"I'd love to play at a Lord's final, and I'm sure the lads would as well. It's a big incentive.”

There has been a near six-week break for the Lightning’s players between RL50 matches, so a number of the first-team squad have played in yesterday's second XI Trophy match at Worcester.

Croft has missed the fixture, while Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood played for the England Lions yesterday.

Given all of the other eight Northern teams were in action on Sunday, tomorrow provides Lancashire were their game in hand on a number of teams above them.

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