Chapple on Lancashire's NatWest T20 Blast campaign
Lancashire Head Coach reflects on T20 Campaign
Glen Chapple has reflected on Lancashire’s NatWest T20 Blast group stage exit and admitted: “We have to work out how we can get better.”
Chapple’s Lightning failed to qualify out of the North Group for the second year running having won the competition in 2015.
This summer’s campaign started so well with a win away at Durham on opening night, but things drifted badly to leave them needing to win their last two games last week and hope other results went their way.
They beat Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday before losing to Birmingham on Friday.
It meant they finished seventh in the group on 13 points with five wins, six defeats, a tie and two No Results. They were four points behind Leicestershire in fourth.
Coach Chapple said: “Both groups have been the same. So many teams could qualify going into the last game. We lost in the last over (on Friday) and Notts too. It possibly could have changed.
“We’re looking for a campaign where we dominate.
“It started well and then got patchy. When you just go out, you can always point to areas which would have just got you through. What that doesn’t hide is the areas where we can improve.
"If you’re looking to qualify well, we haven’t played well enough. We have to admit that to ourselves.”
Chapple pointed to bowling early in the innings as one key area which let his side down.
“We’ve struggled to get through the power play,” he said.
“Part of that is that we’ve struggled to find a balance.
“Matthew Parkinson has come in and been fantastic, and he’s a real positive for the future. But with that comes a challenge to balance the team.
“If you’re only playing three seamers, they all need to be really nailed on to get through tough power plays. In fairness, two of them are all-rounders and doing a fantastic job anyway.
“We need a little bit more with the ball up front, and that’s where we will look to improve.
“Some of the power plays this year have been on another level to other years. Some of the hitting up front has been more advanced than it has in the past.
“We have reasonable plans, but executing the plans and working on variations and skill level, we can certainly get better.”
Chapple’s comments regarding power play hitting was in reference to teams such as Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, who regularly topped the 200-mark.
Yorkshire even broke the English T20 record when posting 260-4 in a win against Northants at Headingley last week. But even the Vikings missed out on qualification.
Lancashire return to County Championship action on Monday when they host bottom side Warwickshire.
It is the first of five remaining games for the Red Rose in second. They are 41 points behind leaders Essex with them still to play at Emirates Old Trafford.