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Moores welcomes early pressure for Lancs; CRICKET.

PETER MOORES believes pressure is the key to success for Lancashire as they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Kent at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Red Rose had the better of their draw with Worcestershire in their opening match of the campaign earlier this month, and they go into the clash with Kent today boosted by the availability of England bowler Jimmy Anderson.

The visitors are - along with Lancashire - one of the fancied teams for promotion from Division Two of the LV= County Championship, although they haven't won at Old Trafford since 1997.

But Moores says he and his players won't be thinking about Kent, instead they will just focus on making sure they produce the goods.

"They're obviously one of the fancied teams in the division," said the Lancashire coach. "I don't know if we'll worry too much about Kent. It's more about us trying to play the sort of cricket we did in the last game. We bowled tight and created pressure.

"We batted by building partnerships and accelerated as soon as we got the opportunity. That brand of cricket we'll try and keep. If we play like that, we're quite a hard side to play against.

"Kent have got some good players, no doubt about it. But we'll aim to put them under pressure over four days."

With Anderson returning, either Kyle Hogg or Wayne White look the most likely to make way, although both have been named in the 13-man squad along with Tom Smith, who was left out of the opening game but made 84 in last week's friendly against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Stephen Moore has again been left out and is playing for the second team against Yorkshire this week.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2013
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