LANCASHIRE are hoping to evoke memories of past glories by reaching what could be one last Lord’s final in this summer’s Royal London Cup, which starts today.

Lord’s was almost a second home for the Red Rose faithful through the seventies, eighties and nineties when they played in 16 finals and won 11 of them.

Current coach Glen Chapple was a huge part of their success in the mid-1990s.

Lancashire won the one-day cricket double in 1990 and 1996 with Earby's Chapple famously taking six for 18 against Essex in the 1996 NatWest final.

After this summer, the 50-over final will move to Trent Bridge after the counties agreed a proposal to alter the domestic schedule.

Ahead of their North Group opener against Worcestershire at Old Trafford, Chapple said: “Our form in 50-over cricket has been improving, but we’ve not been successful in that format for a long time.

“The last two years, we’ve shown improvement and have played games where you think ‘that’s good enough cricket to win the competition’.

"But we haven’t put it together for enough matches. That’s our challenge this year.

“It’s a tough competition to win, but it would be a great carrot to think that you might play in the last final at Lord’s.

“For people who remember those past successes, a Lord’s final should still be one of the very best days of the season, including international cricket.

Lancashire will have Jimmy Anderson available for the competition given the Test match summer does not begin until late July, but it is highly likely that he will not play in every game.

“Coming to Old Trafford watching games in that era, that’s what got me into cricket,” said Burnley's England legend.

“I went and watched a semi-final against Yorkshire and went to Lord’s for the final against Kent in 1995. I loved that era.

“It’s been a while since we were last there and I’d love to be able to play in the final.”

Darwen's Alex Davies is a major doubt for the early games with a right-hand injury sustained during the County Championship win over Middlesex at Lord’s.