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Ramprakash, Moored ready for opener

MCC captain Mark Ramprakash is confident of putting an early dent into Lancashire's preparations for regaining the LV County Championship when the Champion County match gets underway in Abu Dhabi.

Ramprakash leads a multi-national side featuring five players with Test experience as MCC seek to repeat last season's success in the day-night fixture.

"There's a lot of very good professionals here who know exactly what to do and it's at the start of the English season so everyone's keen to get going," said the former England batsman.

"We go into the game looking to compete."

The 42-year-old, embarking on his 26th season as a first-class cricketer, is also unconcerned by his first exposure to day-night, first-class conditions.

"I dont'want to make too much of it," he added

"Of course, you do have to be mindful and the twilight period will be interesting. But the floodlights here are very good and I don't anticipate any problems."

Lancashire "hungry"

Lancashire start the match with one win over MCC already on their UAE trip, in the Emirates T20 in Dubai.

The Red Rose county won the championship outright for the first time since 1934 on the final day of the campaign in Taunton last September.

And Moores insisted the side, captained by Glen Chappell, were determined not to rest on their laurels this campaign.

"I know we're hungry at the moment and that's a good sign," said the former England coach.

"The experience of winning last season is a good one for all the players, providing they don't get complacent.

"There's no room for errors by anybody, so it should be a competitive season."

MCC v Lancashire starts at 11.30am BST on Tuesday 27 March. Post match reports and reaction will be on and you can follow live scores and photos using our Twitter (opens in a new window) and facebook (opens in a new window) accounts.

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