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Croft expects Lancashire Lightning response on Friday

Croft expects Lancashire Lightning response on Friday

Steven Croft has urged his Lancashire players to get back to what they’re good at - scrapping like terriers when their backs are against the wall.

The Lightning captain knows their hopes of quarter-final qualification in the NatWest T20 Blast are hanging in the balance following a forgettable start to the competition.

The defending champions have only won two of their first seven matches in the North Group, and they sit in seventh place out of nine.

The top four teams qualify for the quarter-finals, with seven matches still to play, including against Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow.

Lancashire have still won more T20 matches than any other county side.

They have reached Finals Days six times and won it once; against Northamptonshire at Edgbaston last year.

But success has not comes easy for the Red Rose county.

Last year was the prime example. They only qualified for the quarters in fourth place, but clinched the trophy with four wins from their final five matches, with the odd one out a No Result.

Lancashire face a Rapids side tomorrow who sit third in the North Group with four wins from seven, although they lost their most recent fixture against Nottinghamshire at New Road on Saturday.

Notts’ England under 19s wicketkeeper Tom Moores, son of ex-Red Rose coach Peter, will debut behind the stumps for Lancashire following his loan move from Trent Bridge.

“One of the most frustrating things about the losses is that we haven’t really come close. And we’re usually good at that,” said Croft.

“Everybody is entitled to play, and if they knock us off when we’re playing well, you hold your hands and say ‘well done’. In T20 cricket, you are going to lose some.

“But the manner in which we’ve lost the games is frustrating.

“We have historically played well when we have to win. It shouldn’t have to get to that stage, but we do seem to scrap really well.

“We are losing Jos (Buttler), so I guess that’s another point we have to prove. We must all come together and not rely on just two or three people.

“That’s what we did well last year. We all came together as a group and did well.

“Worcestershire are going well in the competition, they are near the top.”

Moores, 19, is yet to make a senior appearance in county cricket.

He has been playing for Lancashire seconds in their one-day Trophy and Championship matches against Durham this week.

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