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Lancs must pull together

Mark Chilton insists Lancashire must quickly pick themselves up for Thursday's crucial Roses clash to save their stuttering season.

The Red Rose county are in danger of throwing their season away after a miserable few days that saw them collapse to Sussex in the County Championship before crashing out of the Twenty20 Cup finals day.

Lancashire continued their desperate run of semi-final failures on Saturday when they slumped by eight wickets to eventual Twenty20 Cup runners-up Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.

It was Lancashire's eighth semi-final defeat in all one-day competitions in eight seasons - during which time they have also lost two limited overs finals.

Chilton's men were deprived of explosive opening batsman Mal Loye. But boasting a strong line-up, including England internationals Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson, they were outclassed in all departments by Gloucestershire.

"It is hugely disappointing for us," said skipper Chilton. "We are all very disappointed, and it has been a bad three or four days for us.

"We have had the chance of a trophy, and that has now gone begging.

"We have a Championship game against Yorkshire on Thursday, and we have got to pick ourselves up for that. It is as simple as that. We will now take a couple of days off and come in on Tuesday to get ready for Yorkshire."

Chilton was at a loss to explain his side's poor display in the Twenty20 Cup, which was eventually won by Kent in their final with Gloucestershire.

He added: "It's very difficult to put your finger on it.

"They are quality players, we've seen them perform on many occasions, the Law's, the Flintoff's and the Hodge's, they are brilliant, brilliant cricketers, but it just didn't happen."

source - blackburncitizen.co.uk
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