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Lancs need to take break - Moores

Peter Moores
Lancashire coach Peter Moores is in his first season at Old Trafford

Head coach Peter Moores insists that Sunday's Friends Provident semi-final setback will give time for his tired Lancashire squad to 'take stock'.

The 64-run defeat by Hampshire comes on the back of a Championship draw with Nottinghamshire which sees them trail leaders Durham by 40 points.

Now they host Division One bottom side Worcestershire on Friday.

"It is time to take stock. We'll have a break. We've done a lot of travelling," Moores told BBC Radio Manchester.

"They had six days away at Trent Bridge and they need a break."

Although now out of the FP Trophy, Lancashire have another big Old Trafford date to look forward to on 28 July when they are due to host Somerset in the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup (1740 BST).

They also have eight games in the Pro40, in which they get underway with a home date against Derbyshire on 19 July (1300).

And, having not yet even reached the halfway stage in the Championship, with nine games still to play (and leaders Durham still to come to Old Trafford, 11-14 August), there is an awful lot of cricket to be played.

"We've hit a lot of balls, we've done a lot of practice, we've done a lot of training," added Moores.

"By being in all the competitions, that happens but we've got lots of cricket to come.

"So the lads will have a break, dust themselves down and some individuals will train on Wednesday though not as a squad and the first squad session we'll do will be Thursday, quite an intense session getting us ready for Friday."

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