Al­lott: Lan­cashire play­ers let club down

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

CRICKET CHRIS OSTICK PAUL Al­lott says Lan­cashire play­ers have let them­selves and the club down by be­ing rel­e­gated last sea­son.

The Red Rose will play in Di­vi­sion Two of the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship next year af­ter win­ning just two matches in the top flight in 2018, de­spite start­ing the cam­paign as one of the favourites for the ti­tle.

They reached the semi-fi­nal of the Vi­tal­ity Blast, but failed once again to make it out of the group stage of the One-day Cup to round off a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

And Al­lott, who is in his first year as direc­tor of cricket at Lan­cashire, ad­mits what hap­pened last sea­son is just not good enough.

“We should be one of the pre­mier white-ball play­ing clubs in the coun­try, if not the world, and we should be in the top di­vi­sion of the County Cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“It’s how we do it and get there that is the chal­lenge.

“I have been dis­ap­pointed this year by the per­for­mance of the first team, so have the lads.

“Don’t let any­one be un­der the il­lu­sion that these lads aren’t hurt­ing, they are des­per­ately dis­ap­pointed they have not main­tained First Di­vi­sion sta­tus.

“That is a pri­mary ob­jec­tive of Lan­cashire. They have let them­selves down and they have let the club down by not main­tain­ing their Di­vi­sion One sta­tus, they know that and are des­per­ately dis­ap­pointed.

“They will be try­ing harder than ever next year to get out of Di­vi­sion Two.”

Al­lott and the coach­ing staff have had some flak from dis­grun­tled mem­bers at Old Traf­ford – and the for­mer seamer is un­der no il­lu­sions that he has to get things right on the field, ir­re­spec­tive of what he does else­where in a role which over­seas the whole of cricket in the county – from pro­fes­sional level to grass­roots.

“I have learned pretty quickly that as direc­tor of cricket for Lan­cashire with a re­mit for all cricket in Lan­cashire both pro­fes­sional and recre­ational, it is the first team’s per­for­mance that ev­ery­one treats as a yard­stick to my suc­cess or fail­ure, ir­re­spec­tive of what else I may or may not do through­out the club or the county,” said Al­lott.

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