​Red Rose can build on near misses, says head coach Glen Chapple

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple says his side should take confidence from last season as they look to end their trophy drought.

The Red Roses were runners up in the County Championship and came agonisingly close in the One Day Cup and T20 Blast- also finishing second.

They will look to win Division One for the first time since 2011 and pick up their first trophy since winning Division Two eight years ago.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"It’s important that you try and get off to a good start and every team will be saying the same thing,” Chapple said.

Glen Chapple, head coach of Lancashire (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)Glen Chapple, head coach of Lancashire (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Glen Chapple, head coach of Lancashire (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“There will be a few nerves around the start of he season but the lads should take confidence in last season.

“I think we’ve got to start from scratch a bit and make sure we don’t get carried away.

“We’ll look to turn up next Thursday, play strong cricket and build on that.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Lancashire welcome reigning champions Surrey to Old Trafford on Thursday to kick off the red-ball season.

As part of their preparation, the squad spent two weeks out in Dubai, alongside the Thunder squad who then went on to Mumbai.

Chapple said the pre-season tour was a success but is missing the Dubai weather.

“It was excellent. We were in a training camp just playing against each other,” he added.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“We had good weather and good facilities. We had a great time and the lads enjoyed it.

“Unfortunately it [the weather] is not quite as nice back home.

“We’ve got outdoor facilities today, it’s a bit damp but we’re doing our best.”

After touching back down in the UK Lancashire were scheduled to face Derbyshire in a pre-season friendly but it was cancelled due to a damp outfield at the County Ground.

The weather also hampered their preparations last weekend when their friendly against Loughborough University was called off for the same reason.