Lancashire will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they take on Northamptonshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow.
Glen Chapple’s side defeated their fiercest rivals Yorkshire in a thrilling one-run victory on Sunday to keep their qualification hopes alive after defeats against Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Veteran batsman Steven Croft is in fine form having scored 207 runs in his last two matches at an average of 103.5.
Following the victory on Sunday, he said: “I feel good. I want to take my chance having been given the opportunity and I’ve done that at number three and I hope to score more and more [runs].”
Young leg-spinner Matt Parkinson is continuing to impress with the white ball, taking eight wickets already in the opening matches with best figures of 5-51 – a career best.
After the victory on Sunday, he spoke of his ambitions to push for a place in the England setup and said: “It’s a dream of mine to play both white and red ball cricket for England but you have to be as good as the lad in the team at the moment.”
Northamptonshire have had an identical start to their One-Day Cup campaign with a win and two defeats.
They will be heading into the game tomorrow off the back of a record-breaking victory over Warwickshire at Wantage Road on Sunday.
The Steelbacks inflicted Warwickshire’s heaviest defeat in 56 years of one-day cricket thanks to a quickfire half-century from West Indian Jason Holder, going along with his bowling figures of 3-26.
Lancashire squad: Dane Vilas (c) James Anderson, Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Brooke Guest, Haseeb Hameed, Liam Hurt, Keaton Jennings, Rob Jones, Saqib Mahmood, Glenn Maxwell, Graham Onions, Matt Parkinson, Stephen Parry.
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