Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Davies and Cross in Battle for the Gloves ; Lancs Coach Peter Moores Believes Youngster Can Challenge for Place

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Davies and Cross in Battle for the Gloves ; Lancs Coach Peter Moores Believes Youngster Can Challenge for Place

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talked about that much and that means he's doing something PETER Moores insists youngster Alex Davies will be challenging Gareth Cross for the wicketkeeping slot at Lancashire right from the start of the new season.

Since the departure of Luke Sutton to Derbyshire two years ago, Bury-born Cross has missed just one LV= County Championship match and one CB40 game.

Both times, teenager Davies has deputised. And when he made his debut two days before his 17th birthday against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in 2011 he became Lancashire's youngest ever one-day player.

Now 18, Davies has shown he is ready to challenge Cross, having opened the batting for England in last year's Under-19 World Cup as well as holding his own when making his Championship debut in the final match of last season at Aigburth.

Having come through the club's academy, Davies is now a member of Lancashire's senior squad, having signed professional forms at the end of last season.

And coach Moores believes having two wicketkeepers battling for one place will only benefit the team next season as they look to bounce back from last season's relegation from the top-flight of the Championship.

"Crossy has the advantage of being in possession of the gloves," said Moores. "But Alex is in the frame.

"Crossy's keeping is not talked about that much and that means he's doing something right and not making many mistakes.

"Alex is a batsman who can open and he did well in second- open and he did well in secondteam cricket last year.

"He's going to start the season with the view that he's going to push hard, which I think will be good for both of them. Crossy good for both of them. Crossy looks like he's making some really good strides through the winter, both batting and keeping wise.

"I think he's matured quite a lot with the gloves, and with the bat it's all about getting consistency.

"He went through a bit of a sticky patch with the bat through the middle of last season but came through at the end. …

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