Lightning hopes struck by injury
Tonight's Twenty20 clash with Leicestershire is only the second in Lancashire s campaign, but it is already a must-win match according to skipper Mark Chilton.
Lightning lost their opener to Derbyshire on Tuesday night, and travel to Grace Road knowing that if they are to repeat last season s performance of reaching the final, they can t afford to lose.
We don t want to be two for two, said Chilton, whose side were bowled out for 114 at the County Ground. The next two games are both away from home and are big games for us if we want to get back into this competition.
We probably didn't think through our batting at Derby. We got a great start, but we probably went a little bit too hard too early.
Once we were a wicket or two down we needed to consolidate, but we lost a couple of bad wickets at a crucial stage.
Last year we were getting big scores at Old Trafford, but maybe we need to reassess our targets at other grounds and not set them so high.
Lancashire, already without Jimmy Anderson, Glen Chapple and Luke Sutton with injuries and Saj Mahmood, who is with England, look certain to also be without Kyle Hogg for tonight's match.
The all-rounder was unable to take the field at Derby after aggravating a back injury while batting in the five-wicket defeat.
And despite struggling to put runs on the board against the Phantoms, Chilton believes Lancs have enough firepower down the order to put together big totals.
He said: I m happy with the balance of the side. I think I can get a bit more out of myself with the bat.
Steven Croft is a fine batsman and he s coming in at eight, and we haven t seen much of Tom Smith yet but we know he can bat, and he is coming in at nine. So the depth is there in the batting.