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Giles reflects on Day Three at the Kia Oval

Giles reflects on Day Three at the Kia Oval

Ashley Giles has reflected on Lancashire's collapse after tea at the Kia Oval as the Red Rose look set for a resounding defeat in the Specsavers County Championship against Surrey.

“I thought we played incredibly well to get to the point we were at at tea,” said Giles.

“Procter and Petersen were building a really good partnership, but when you lose one wicket you’re always at risk of losing a clutch, and that’s what we did.

“We have been outplayed in the match. Winning the toss was probably our best moment if I’m not being too harsh.

“We have played ok, but we can’t afford to play just ok against good teams. They’ve played much better cricket than us.

“What we’ve done well, when we’ve done well, is build partnerships. In this innings alone, we’ve had a 49, a 40 and then a 78 partnership. We’ve really got to convert those into 150s.

“It looks an easier wicket to play on, but it’s going to be tough against a good bowling attack if you lose wickets.

“Some of our cricket has been a bit soft, softer than it has been in the past. We’ve got a bit of a wake up call here because there’s a lot of cricket to be played and it’s a very tight division. At the moment, we are far from safe.

“We’ve got to keep an eye on that because it is that tight. It’s a concern.

“So often we’re talking about starting games slowly. 280 on that wicket, we should have got a few more. Then, I don’t think we bowled that well. It’s been one of our least consistent performances with the ball.

“I keeping saying it in defence of the team and all of us, we’re a developing team. We have a lot of young players learning their trade.

“But it’s a harsh, performance environment, and you are not going to go on playing if you don’t put in the performances.

“Against a good team, if you give them a chance, they will bully you. But like any form of bully, if you stand up to them and you’re tough, it’s who can stand up longest. We haven’t done that here.”


Livingstone's top of our batting averages, although he hasn't passed 50 for 4 games.
Petersen is 25 runs short of being the second Lancs batsman to score 1000 runs in the championship. First time that wil have happened in Division one since Horton and Moore in 2011, which was the first time since 2007.
Pride could be swallowed and play Reece to open with Hameed.

Colm Magee

Batting is simply not good enough - the national averages don't lie, nor does the league table. Only Hameed, Proctor and Petersen are good enough to be considered among the top 50 bats in the land. It's been the same problem for several seasons.

Doug Thow

Doug Thow
I was at the Oval on Tuesday and inspected the wicket at lunchtime. It still had a green tinge - unusual for Oval - so why with Lancs 5 wickets down, didn't Croft elect to bowl. Afraid to say that Crofty does not seem to be up to captaincy. Is it too late for Chappers to make a belated debut this season to take over. Boy do we miss him all ways round. As it is it is another defeat and 4 measly points.

David Barlow

We are staring at the writing writ large on the wall. I have previously commented on Lancashire's dire form in white ball cricket and it's now looking just as bad in the red ball format. I love Lancs CCC but this is a very average looking team, the batting looks fragile (the result from Surrey would have been even worse but for lower order contributions) and the bowling lacks penetration. Other contributors are right to point out the performance at the start of the season owed much to Wagner's first contribution and Jimmy's involvement. We really miss Alex D. All we can do now is, scrap for our lives. I'd like to see Stephen P involved, he looks wasted on second XL duties.

Andrew G

I think we should just be safe. Certainly if there were an extra couple of weeks of the season than we would definitely be relegated. The worry is how few games of cricket we have won since may across all formats. The areas were I think we have to point the finger at the management is the lack of planning regards the squad. Giles said to win games we need to be able to take 20 wickets. Started with Jimmy, Wagner and Jarvis. Would always lose Jimmy, Wagner was not replaced, not close to taking 20 wickets since. All good sides need a regular opening batting partnership, why do we have a different pair every game in every format?

Frank Lennon

As I said before the match, this is a poor squad. Every ounce of energy must now be used to prevent relegation which, I'm afraid, is now beckoning once again. Thank goodness for Wagner in the first match (though his performances deteriorated after that) and for Jimmy Anderson early in the season. Without them, where would we be now? Is there any news about Davies?

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