Out of the Running ; Moores Reveals Low Scores Cost Cross His Lancs Place

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Out of the Running ; Moores Reveals Low Scores Cost Cross His Lancs Place


Ostick, Chris, Manchester Evening News


PETER Moores has revealed a lack of runs has cost Gareth Cross his place in Lancashire's first team.

And the wicketkeeper now looks set to sit it out for the rest of the season, with youngster Alex Davies likely to keep the gloves until the end of the campaign.

Cross had played in all but one of Lancashire's LV= County Championship games since replacing Luke Sutton as the club's No.1 keeper at the start of the 2011 season before he was dropped for the current match with Leicestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old has been solid behind the stumps during the campaign, but has scored 409 runs in 17 innings at an average of just over 24. It includes one century and only two half-centuries.

And although Davies' average in the Second XI Championship is no better than Cross's in the first team, the 19-year-old has made some big runs in one-day cricket and for his club Lytham in the Liverpool Competition.

Now, with Lancashire on the verge of clinching promotion from Division Two, coach Moores believes the time is right to give former England Under-19 opening batsman Davies his chance.

"Crossy will be disappointed he hasn't got as many runs as he would have liked for his talent," said Moores. "That creates a window for someone to get a go, so Alex gets his chance.

"Alex has got a lot of runs for us in the second team and for his league club. He has played well and the feedback has been good on his keeping.

"When you have young players pushing hard, you have to give them a go at some point to see what they have got.

"Over the next couple of games Alex has his chance to show us what he has got and what stage he is at in his development. …

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