Lancashire Lightning confident ahead of t20 North Division clash against bitter roses rivals Yorkshire

By Ben Burrows

Lancashire Lightning are ready and raring to go for tonight’s roses match against Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley.

After Monday night’s win over Durham statistics suggest that the Lightning are the best t20 team in the country and they go into their Friends Life t20 North Division clash against their bitter rivals full of confidence.

Batsman Steven Croft has been in imperious form in this year’s tournament including a man of the match performance in Monday’s eight wicket win.

“We feel like we can beat anyone,” said Croft, who hit an unbeaten 65 off just 44 balls to put Durham to the sword.

“If someone beats us on a day where we’ve shown up as well, that’s going to happen in Twenty20. As a team, it’s something we’re not scared of. We can’t fear failure because you’re going to lose games of Twenty20.

“We don’t mind batting or bowling first. We just feel like when we get on a roll, no one can stop us really. The last two games have been good team performances.”

The clash at Headingley is the first of two clashes within two weeks with the return fixture at Old Trafford next week.

“It’s the one we all look for at the start of the year,” he said. “It would be great to get a win there to put us in good stead coming back home. They’re the games you want to play in with the packed house.

“The fixtures are set out well. We don’t mind going there first because it will be a bit tougher than the home game. We’d rather get that out of the way and hopefully get a win to bring it here having deflated them.

“We get on really well with the Yorkshire lads, but there’s a bit of tension in the crowd. It’s still a great fixture to play in for both sides.

“When they come here, they won’t get a nice warm reception, likewise when we go there. It’s those games you want to play in. You want to silence the crowd, and they’ll want to do the same when they come here.”

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