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Chapple backs the team to bounce back at Southport

Chapple backs the team to bounce back at Southport

Glen Chapple is confident ahead of Middlesex clash

Glen Chapple is backing his Lancashire players to recover strongly from their recent Roses defeat when champions Middlesex visit Southport on Friday.

Chapple’s side suffered their first Specsavers County Championship loss in five this season against an on-song Yorkshire side inside three days at Headingley over the weekend.

Hardly anything went right for the Red Rose with bat or ball, but the former all-rounder wants to look on the bright side ahead of their trip to Trafalgar Road when they could have new ball seamer Kyle Jarvis available after injury.

“We’ve just got to put that game to one side and go back to preparing properly and realise we’re still in a decent position in the table,” said the coach.

“Middlesex are a strong side, as all teams are.

“We’ll address areas we didn’t do so well against Yorkshire and retain the belief we’ve created through the start of the season.

“These things happen. It’s just one loss. That’s all it is. We don’t need to view it as a catastrophe, we’ve just got to get on with it.”

Lancashire were without injured seamers Jarvis (broken left thumb) and Jimmy Anderson (groin) at Headingley as well as batsman Liam Livingstone, who was on Lions duty.

Livingstone, who smashed a brilliant century in Saturday’s second 50-over match against South Africa A, will return at Southport, with Jarvis a chance.

“I’m not sure about that. We’ll have a look at it and see what’s reasonable for Jarv,” said Chapple.

“He had a badly broken thumb and has been bowling already. We’ll make a judgement on when it will be safe for him to play.

“Jimmy’s coming on really well. He’s a pretty fast healer. He’s quite a way on. There won’t be any chances taken with him, but we’re fairly hopeful he’ll be back on the pitch soon.

“We’re looking like a good team, and when you have injuries, you face challenges. We’ve just got to accept that and get better.”

Lancashire lost last year’s Southport fixture against relegated Durham, a low scoring thriller.

“We played pretty well in that game, but came out on the wrong end of it. Jimmy was only available for half of it, and it was close.

“It’s a result pitch at Southport. Hopefully we’ll play well and there’s a chance for us.”

The Yorkshire game was the first of four Championship matches for Lancashire before the start of their NatWest T20 Blast campaign on July 7.

And Chapple believes the next month will be a pivotal period for a Red Rose side who sit fifth with 54 points and 28 behind leaders Hampshire with a game in hand.

He added: “Leading up to the T20s, once the first batch of Championship games are out of the way, the table will be showing who’s challenging.”

Middlesex drew their most recent clash with Somerset at Lord’s, a match which finished Monday 5 June.

They have drawn each of their four matches so far and sit nine points behind Lancashire in sixth place.

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