Giles reflects on Foxes defeat
Ashley Giles has a simple message for his Lancashire players after their NatWest T20 Blast defeat at Leicestershire all but eliminated them from the competition tonight.
“What I want to see is a reaction and the lads to play some better white ball cricket in the one-day competition,” said the county’s cricket director and head coach.
“We are also third in the Championship with a game in hand. We have a lot to play for. We’ve got two competitions left, and we’ve got to look forward.
“We’ve tried to stay positive throughout the campaign, but we know this has pretty much gone now.”
Giles, ready to depart Grace Road for Southport and tomorrow’s County Championship match with Durham, was understandably disappointed with what he saw at Grace Road as Lancashire conceded 207-3 in a nine-run defeat.
They now sit bottom of the North Group with four wins and seven defeats from 12.
Even winning their last two North Group games is not likely to be enough for quarter-final qualification.
“It was pretty typical of the rest of our campaign really,” he said, who reserved praise for Alviro Petersen’s brilliant century. Almost getting there through a bit of brilliance from Alviro, but always behind the eight-ball. And most of it through our own doing.
“Through the rest of the campaign, our skills haven’t been good enough.
“We’re out of it now, and it’s not just this game or any single person. We haven’t got it right in a lot of games. If you’re going to go through the competition and not string two wins together, you’re going to struggle to qualify.
“It comes down to the fact that we’ve not got a lot of the simple things right.”
Now, onto the Championship. Lancashire face Durham knowing a fourth win will massively boost their title aspirations.
They will have to overcome a team who beat them at Emirates Riverside earlier this season and one who will have England all-rounder Ben Stokes available following injury.
Jimmy Anderson is, however, available for the first half of the match.
Giles added: “Jimmy’s with us for the first two days or the first two innings, whichever is longer. That’s good.
“We’ve got a 14-man squad up there, although we haven’t seen the pitch yet. It should be a good game. They’ve got Stokes back.
“Simon Kerrigan is in the squad, and we’ll generally look to play two spinners at Southport. If we do, it will be Kerrigan and Parkinson.
“Tom Moores is also in the squad, so we’ll have a look. We need to work out our best balance with Liam Livingstone missing out (due to England Lions duty).