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Moore talks up Red Rose chances

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Stephen Moore is adamant Lancashire have all the right attributes to win this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40.

After ending a 77-year wait to be crowned County Champions in 2011, the Red Rose now have ambitions to emulate that success in the 40-over competition.

Peter Moores’ outfit showed their limited-overs credentials in last year’s Friends Life t20, dramatically losing out in a semi-final super over to Leicestershire, who they start their CB40 campaign against at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Lancashire struggled to replicate that form in the CB40, finishing fourth in a strong group after winning only half of their 12 matches.

However, Moore is confident his side have the correct mix of youth and experience to embrace the competition this time around.

“Every side, every year tries to win all three competitions,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“You know it’s unlikely that will happen, but you go out there, give it your best shot and see what happens really. It would be nice to add some one-day silverware to the four-day stuff.

Stephen Moore

"There are a lot of guys that are proven in the one-day format for the last couple of years. It’s exciting times for the club," Stephen Moore said

“The talent we have in our side, both young and experienced guys, from a batting point of view stands us in great stead.

“There are a lot of guys that are proven in the one-day format for the last couple of years and have been at the top of their game. It’s exciting times for the club."

Former Worcestershire opening batsman Moore has also highlighted the importance Lancashire’s trio of talented left-arm spinners will have on their progress.

“We have a squad that has three guys that could easily play international cricket as frontline spinners,” he said.

“We have Gary Keedy, (Simon) Kerrigan and (Stephen) Parry who, each in their own right, are quality international spinners so what a luxury to have.”

In terms of his own role, Moore is relishing the opportunity to continue attacking the powerplay at the top of the order.

“I hope I will open, but it’s down to Glen (Chapple) and Peter to make those decisions,” he added.

“I hope they are happy with what I am doing at the top of the order and have the opportunity to continue my game there.”

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