On the right track
Posted in Domestic Cricket
Personally it's been an encouraging start to the season, getting among the runs in the three-day friendly at Yorkshire earlier this month before picking up some wickets in our last LV= County Championship match with Kent.
We've got a really strong squad and everyone's place in the team is at a premium, so the pressure is on for everyone to perform. We've got some really good players who are missing out at the moment.
I have to admit it was a surprise to get the new ball against Kent with Jimmy Anderson back in the team, but great to open up alongside him. I just presumed I'd bowl first change after Jimmy and the captain and then Glen Chapple said "I want you to take it". I took it and it went reasonably well.
We're still looking for that elusive first win after a couple of draws. I think in the Worcestershire game we were in the box seat and lost pretty much a full day to rain. I am convinced if we played the full four days of that we'd have come out on top. The Kent game was very batter-friendly towards the end of the game. The wicket seemed to get better and it didn't really spin that much so it was hard work, but we stuck to it for four days.
I'd say it's probably the best cricket wicket in the country at Emirates Old Trafford. It finds people out and there's no hiding place. It was a touch slow last year after having the square turned but this year it's good to bowl. Over days three and four it has got a bit better for batting but when you're playing at a Test match venue you don't expect the ball to be seaming sideways for four days.
Today we begin our first away game in the championship against Glamorgan, where we've been able to enjoy some nice weather for once at Colwyn Bay.
I can't remember ever playing a four-day game against Glamorgan - it's certainly been a while. When we got to the ground yesterday Chappie was saying he got his first ever five-for at Colywn Bay twenty years ago which made us all feel very young.
It's actually only an hour from Manchester - it's closer for us than it is for their home game. Gareth Cross plays club cricket for them every now and then so we know what it's all about over here and it will be a tough four days.
You might have seen a fair bit of banter flying around on Twitter between the Lancashire lads regarding their skills (or lack of them) on the golf course. I must say, Chappie is the best by a mile - he plays off pretty much scratch. There's a few who think they're a lot better than they are and a few who take it very seriously. It's a mix of hackers and some who are really good. I'm a hacker but I still enjoy it.