Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Can Do It: Moores ; Lightning Miss Home Draw after Notts defeatBut Moores Upbeat on T20 Finals Day Chances

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Can Do It: Moores ; Lightning Miss Home Draw after Notts defeatBut Moores Upbeat on T20 Finals Day Chances

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PETER Moores is confident Lancashire Lightning will reach the Friends Life t20 finals day despite blowing their chance of a home draw in the quarter-finals.

After their hammering by Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge yesterday, Lightning have finished second in the North Group and will find out on Wednesday who they face in the last eight.

But because they missed out on top spot to the Outlaws, who claimed a convincing 60-run win, they will definitely be away from Emirates Old Trafford.

And even though they have won just one game out of five on the road in the group stages, Moores believes Lancashire can still make it through.

"We would have been delighted to have had a home tie, there is no doubt about that," said the Lightning coach. "But if we are going to have an off-day it is better to have it now rather than in the quarter-finals.

"Wherever we have to go, it is going to be a big game. But we have won away before to get to finals day. We went to Sussex a few years back and won there.

"We have played some good one-day cricket this season. We have won at Surrey and Essex in the YB40.

"Throughout the tournament we have been getting better. In the whole of the group stage we have tied two and only lost two, so we have had a consistent tournament.

We will go to whoever we draw confident of winning."

Lancashire paid for Mitchell McClenaghan dropping Alex Hales on 20 as the Nottinghamshire opener blew them away with a stunning 82 off just 52 balls to help the Outlaws post 194-6, their highest total in the competition this season.

Helped by a short boundary on one side of the ground, he and Michael Lumb, who made 30 off 15 deliveries, put Lancashire - who hadn't lost in their six previous T20 games - on the back foot as they raced to 59 in only 36 balls for the first wicket.

Hales then launched into Tom Smith's bowling, hitting the seamer for three successive sixes in the ninth over as he made 45 of the first 50 runs in his partnership with Samit Patel. …

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