Threat­en­ing in­jury in­sists Davies

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side of cop­ing with such a se­ri­ous in­jury.

“The men­tal side rather than the phys­i­cal side is what I have taken most from,” he said. “At first it was tough be­cause I am young and just want to play cricket. Once that emo­tion dies down a bit, you start think­ing log­i­cally about what you need to do.

“The med­i­cal staff here at Lan­cashire helped me both men­tally and phys­i­cally. The men­tal side was around 70 per cent of the bat­tle. Phys­i­cally, you just do what you are told, you do the swim­ming, you do the weights, you do the re­hab. But the staff also keep you go­ing men­tally. They tell you that if you keep work­ing, you will be back play­ing again, you will be able to go on Lions tours.”

Mov­ing to the top of the or­der, Davies be­came the first Lan­cashire wick­et­keeper in the club’s his­tory to score more than 1,000 first-class runs in a sea­son. His im­pres­sive year turned heads at the ECB, and he is fly­ing off to Aus­tralia in two weeks, along with Red Rose team-mates Liam Liv­ing­stone, Saqib Mah­mood and Keaton Jen­nings with Eng­land Lions.

“This time last year I was just start­ing to walk again after the op­er­a­tion,” said Davies. “And this is what I was aim­ing for after my op­er­a­tion. I was aim­ing to have a re­ally good year and get on to a win­ter pro­gramme with the ECB, like the Lions.

“As soon as I could walk again, pretty much ev­ery day was aimed to­wards re­ceiv­ing that phone call from (na­tional se­lec­tor) James Whi­taker.”

SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley have pro­gressed to the knock­out stage of the Checkatrade Tro­phy after a dom­i­nant 4-0 win over Wi­gan Ath­letic at the DW Sta­dium.

Two goals from Erica Sousa, along with strikes from Jonny Ed­wards and Mekhi McLeod helped the Reds earn the vic­tory.

It means that Stan­ley will fin­ish sec­ond in their group, along­side Black­pool, who also booked their place in the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Wi­gan have been elim­i­nated, after win­ning just one of their three matches.

Ac­cring­ton were quick out of the blocks in the game and it didn’t take them long to make the break­through, as Ed­wards got on the end of a pass from Sousa and smashed the ball into the net via the cross­bar.

Sousa was prov­ing to be a thorn in Wi­gan’s side, caus­ing the op­po­si­tion de­fence a num­ber of prob­lems through­out the first half.

Stan­ley had chances to dou­ble their lead when Mal­lik Wilks and Far­rend Raw­son each had headed op­por­tu­ni­ties, but both play­ers put the head­ers nar­rowly wide.

The sec­ond goal did come for Ac­cring­ton on the half hour mark, with Sousa re­warded for his im­pres­sive dis­play so far when he fired a low ef­fort off the post and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

John Cole­man’s side car­ried their lead into the sec­ond half, and they didn’t take their foot off the gas, re­main­ing the bet­ter team after the in­ter­val.

McLeod’s pass found Wilks in space, but his shot pro­duced a good

Si­mon Hall

Aaron Chap­man pulls off a save for Stan­ley

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