Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alviro Fires Red Rose Relegation Warning

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alviro Fires Red Rose Relegation Warning

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ALVIRO Petersen has warned Lancashire could be facing a relegation fight if they don't get back to winning ways quickly.

And the former South African Test batsman says the Red Rose have to get off to a flying start when they face defending champions Yorkshire in a crucial clash at Emirates Old Trafford, which starts tomorrow. Lancashire won three of their first five Division One matche to take the early lead in the Specsavers County Championship title race.

In fact, after losing to the White Rose at Headingley on June 1, they remained joint leaders.

We might get to the last games relegation Alviro Petersen They have since slipped down the table having not won in six, and Petersen, who is having an impressive season, admits they may even end up "fighting relegation".

But, such is the jam-packed nature of Division One this season, a win would all-but end those fears and reopen the door for a late title push.

Lancashire go into the Roses match sixth in Division One, 23 points off leaders Middlesex and 29 points ahead of second-bottom Nottinghamshire.

"Yorkshire, the defending champions, are a good side," said Petersen.

"It's not going to be easy. But every single game we've won, we've started really well. We've been on top on day one and two.

"When we play from behind, we find it difficult to get back into it and dominate. So we have to start well against them this weekend.

"To win the Championship, I think we are going to have to win three out of the next five. It will be difficult.

"We've got ourselves in this position, but things change quickly. "We might get ourselves to the last two games fighting relegation as well, so it's important we try and get points out of every single game."

ourselves two fighting " Lancashire came away from the Headingley fixture earlier in the campaign hugely frustrated having missed a big opportunity to beat their arch-rivals. …

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