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Lavelle relishing first-team run despite Worcs no result

Lavelle relishing first-team run despite Worcs no result

Rain prevented any play in today’s Royal London Cup against Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford with the match abandoned at 3pm.

The ‘No result’ means that Lancashire must beat Essex next Thursday at Emirates Old Trafford in the final group game to progress to the knock out stages of the competition.

Despite today’s washout, young wicketkeeper/batsman George Lavelle is already looking ahead to next Thursday’s final group game against Essex.

“It’s turned in to a must-win game,” he said.

“It’s nice that it’s still in our hands and that we can still decide if we get a good result. It should be exciting.

“We’ve played some good cricket throughout this tournament so far,” he added. “We know if we turn up and play at one hundred percent we should hopefully have enough to get us through.”

And Lavelle is relishing his chance at first team level.

“It’s been nice to get an opportunity,” he admitted.

“At full strength it’s a hard team to get in to.

“We’ve got a strong side so looking at The Hundred we knew a lot of our lads would get selected. So there was going to opportunities for the younger lads.

“Lads like Jack Morley have put in some good performances and so has George Balderson. We’ve played a lot of second team cricket together so it’s been nice to get a go (in the firsts).

“Some of the older lads who have played first team cricket, we’ve played second team cricket with them, so it’s been quite a nice environment for us all to be in.

And after playing behind closed doors last season Lavelle is getting used to crowds returning this year.

“It’s nice to get a good run and play at some good grounds. I’ve loved it so far,” he said.

“It’s not often we’ve been able to play at great grounds like Emirates Old Trafford and the like.”

“In the first game there was a ripple of applause when the ball reached the boundary, something we’ve not experienced for nearly two years.  It’s been great having the fans back in.”

“I’d have liked to contribute a bit more with the bat, but I’ve been really happy with my ‘keeping so far.

Lavelle laughed when reminded about his outstanding grab behind the stumps in the match at Bristol. “They stick sometimes,” he smiled.

“The best way of learning and developing is by playing matches. There’s only so much you can do in training. You have to go out and perform on the pitch. It’s the best way of improving yourself and making sure you are ready for the other formats.”

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks ahead for us all and hopefully we can dream of playing in a final and winning a trophy. That’s what we are here for-winning a trophy.”

Ken Grime
Photos: Barry Mitchell & Luke Adams

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