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Hameed relishing Warwickshire challenge

Hameed relishing Warwickshire challenge

Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed is relishing the challenge posed by this week's “make or break” Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire.

Hameed and his team-mates travel to Edgbaston to take on a Bears side in the final round of fixtures with relegation still a possibility for both sides.

Lancashire are 14 points clear of second bottom Hampshire and six points clear of Warwickshire, meaning a draw would be enough assuming Hampshire beat Durham at the Ageas Bowl.

The Red Rose won three of their first five matches this season and were joint top of the table in early June. But a run of 10 matches without defeat has seen them slip into trouble.

“It's a massive game next week,” said the England man, 19.

“Hopefully I can put in a performance because, for us, as a county, we need to stay up in Division One. We can't afford to let that slip now after all the hard work this season and throw it away.

“It's a make or break game because if we were to lose, we could go down. With that comes responsibility.

“I'm sure people will look to the likes of myself and Crofty now that Alviro has gone home to put in a performance.

“It's something that I'll look forward and embrace that challenge. The start that we made, it wouldn't be fair on ourselves if we let that slip.

“It's important for every single one of us to make sure we maintain our spot in the first division.

“We've got a young developing side, and it's important for us all to develop at the highest level we can do.

“For a club with the history that we've got and the players we've produced over the years, it's vital we stay in Division One. That's where we belong.”

Lancashire drew their most recent match against Middlesex at Emirates Old Trafford last week.

But Warwickshire were not in action as they prepared for the Royal London one-day Cup final against Surrey over the weekend.

The Bears lost their last four-day game against title challengers Somerset at Taunton the week before last.

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