Lancashire can still retain County Championship - Croft

All-rounder Steven Croft believes Lancashire can still mount a challenge for the County Championship title.

The reigning champions lie second bottom of Division One, with no victories from their first six matches.

But they have won both of their Pro40 fixtures and Croft, 27, is confident that the team can transfer that form into the longer format.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "If we can get on a roll and get back into the top half of the table, you never know."

A half-century from Croft helped the Red Rose to a 28-run win over Essex at Old Trafford, as Lancashire maintained their unbeaten start to the Pro40 competition.

"Getting a couple of wins can help your form in the four-day game," continued Croft.

Head coach Peter Moores added: "The mood in the camp has been alright.

"Sometimes you feel you've got people out of rhythm and we haven't felt we've had that. We just haven't been getting any runs, in what is a tough time of year to get them.

"As a team and as individuals, we'll feel more confident because people have been at the crease and got some runs.

"We've got three Championship games coming up in quick succession. It's a chance for us to get some wins and get the season moving before we go into the T20 competition."

Lancashire start their next Championship match against Middlesex at Aigburth on Wednesday.