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Red Rose all set for Twenty plenty
9:56am Wednesday 13th June 2012 in Sport
THE glitz and glamour of the Twenty20 kicks off for Lancashire tomorrow night as the Red Rose aim to go one step further than last season.
While the County Championship trophy found its way into the Old Trafford committee room ending a seven-decade wait, Lancashire were beaten semi-finalists in the cash cow that is the T20.
And they unleash the pace of Yasir Arafat on Derbyshire at the County Ground tomorrow night.
Arafat has arrived for his stint in the competition in high spirits after taking career best T20 international figures of 3-18 for Pakistan against Sri Lanka at Hambantota last month.
And he is looking forward to getting down to action.
“I’m delighted at signing for such a famous team such as Lancashire,” he said.
“They have a history of winning tournaments and I hope I can perform well for them and help them do well.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing in England, it’s intense and well organised cricket and I can’t wait to wear the red of Lancashire.”
The Red Rose will meet one of their own as Derbyshire are likely to include Burnley’s Jonathan Clare in their team.
The all-rounder has been in fine form so far this season and is a vital cog in the works.
Lancashire are also in T20 action on Friday when they head to Leicester Foxes.
A strong Lancashire seconds were in T20 action at Glossop yesterday as they faced Derbyshire seconds.
The Second Eleven T20 features two games on each day and Derbyshire won the first match in style as they chased down Lancashire’s 116-9 from 20 overs.
But the Red Rose gained revenge in the second match.
Meanwhile, former England star Paul Collingwood has been ruled out of the T20 after breaking his right hand. The Durham batsman was hurt in the Championship match with Warwickshire and will miss the group matches.