Lancashire Prepare For Final FP Trophy Match

Lancashire Lightning go into their final Friends Provident Trophy group match against rivals Yorkshire Carnegie tomorrow (28th) needing a win to remain in the hunt for a quarter-final place. After setting the early pace, Lancashire have been decimated by injuries over the last month and have lost three out of their last four Friends Provident Trophy matches – leaving survival in this year’s competition in the hands of other teams. The Lightning need to beat Yorkshire and hope Scotland claim their second scalp of the season against Derbyshire in Glasgow. If this scenario happens, then both Lancashire and Yorkshire will have four wins each, but Lancashire would have the better head to head record between the two – moving them onto the next stage of the competition. Thankfully the physio room has been less crowded this week, with only Andrew Flintoff (side strain) and Glen Chapple (lower back) unavailable for selection. Tom Smith (thigh) and Dominic Cork (back) are both returning from injury and will play some part in Lancashire’s Second XI fixture at Warwickshire this week. Cricket Manager Mike Watkinson has named a 13-man squad for tomorrow’s crunch match at Headingley Carnegie: Mal Loye Paul Horton Stuart Law (cpt) Mohammad Yousuf Francois Du Plessis Steven Croft Luke Sutton (wkt) Kyle Hogg Sajid Mahmood Oliver Newby Gary Keedy Iain Sutcliffe Stephen Parry © Lancashire CCC
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