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Moores - "Lancashire is almost a second home"

Moores - "Lancashire is almost a second home"

Tom Moores has described Emirates Old Trafford as “almost a second home” ahead of his return to Red Rose colours tonight.

Wicketkeeper Moores has rejoined Lancashire on loan to cover for the injury absence of England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who has been sidelined with a fractured left thumb.

Moores, the son of former Lancashire coach Peter, will play in the crucial NatWest T20 Blast clash with Derbyshire Falcons at the County Ground, which is a match the Lightning must realistically win to maintain their hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals.

Seventh-placed Lancashire are only a point behind fourth-placed Durham, but only two points separate five teams from third to seventh.

And with four games to play, they must steal a march on their rivals at the first available opportunity.

Moores, 19, played two Blast matches for the Red Rose recently, the win against Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford and the Roses defeat to Yorkshire at Headingley.

He then returned to parent county Nottinghamshire and scored two centuries in Second XI cricket last week, form which has earned him a call up to the England under 19s squad for their forthcoming series against Sri Lanka.

He has come a long way since days in the back garden as a kid hurling himself around on a trampoline trying to catch balls thrown by his old man.

“The Roses game was huge,” said Tom. “I had to channel my nerves in the right direction. It can wash over you, but I tried to remember it's a privilege to play in front of so many fans. You have to enjoy it.

"I feel like I can express myself after that, even if it's the same game no matter where you're playing.

"Emirates Old Trafford is almost a second home. A lot of dad's family are from there, my mum's too. I know a lot of the players, and that made it really easy. And Ashley Giles was great.”

Moores junior, who says he is trying to emulate the likes of Buttler, Adam Gilchrist, MS Dhoni and AB De Villiers in his style of play, continued: “We’ve got a couple of big games this week at Derby and Leicester. It’s really exciting.

“The competition is getting tight now, there are some big games. As a youngster, playing in those big games are crucial. The opportunity to put yourself under pressure can only be good.”

Tom’s father Peter, now a coaching consultant with Notts, remains a popular figure at Lancashire, especially having guided them to County Championship glory in 2011.

And he is delighted to see the family’s link with the Red Rose county continue.

"It was brilliant for him and great for me because of the connection. To see him get the opportunity, and at a club where I have got a great association with, was lovely," said Moores senior.

"The nicest thing was that he did it off his own steam.

“He played well against Lancashire in a second XI game, and I didn't know much about it before getting a phone call off Glen Chapple saying 'Ashley and him had been talking about cover for Jos, and they were going to speak to Mick Newell to see if there was a chance’.

"He went there and played two games, and certainly the second one, the Roses, was an interesting game for him to play in. It was a great experience. He loved it, enjoyed it, and he'll have learnt a lot. Like all kids, he started off wanting to be a quick bowler.

“Then, he didn't grow very tall, so catching seemed to be the next best option. He's loved keeping. We used to have a trampoline in the back garden, and I must have thrown a million balls for him to dive on and catch.

"He also loves batting. He's quite an aggressive player and is learning his trade. He's a talented lad who's trying to move in the game here at Notts like all those young players do.

"He has a very exciting role to take on. He's enjoying his first year out of school really and getting a chance to soak up the pro game.”

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