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Lancashire coach Peter Moores hoping for promotion this week

Glen Chapple (left): Inspirational skipper missing on Wednesday

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Lancashire go into Wednesday's match with Leicestershire knowing victory will almost certainly see them promoted back to Division One.

Lancashire won Division One in 2011 before being relegated in 2012 but 18 points against the Foxes will guarantee an immediate return to the top flight.

They may not need 18 points - 16 for the victory plus two bonus points - if Essex or Northants fail to pick up maximum points from their matches.

Coach Peter Moores says his team fully deserve their promotion after some fine performances this season - they remain unbeaten in Division Two.

"We can do it at home, but we have a couple of targets left," Moores told the club's website. "To stay unbeaten throughout the year would be great - and to go up as champions.

"If promotion happens in the next game, then great. But we just have to carry on winning games of cricket. We also have a lot of players working hard to move themselves forward as well as the team, and that is a really healthy position for us to have.

"We have dropped one point in two Championship games, which has put us in a really good position.

"To win a trophy, you need three bowlers to take around 50 wickets at a good rate and four guys to be averaging above 40 with the bat. We have got that this year.

"We had a tough year last year. We pride ourselves on how we have bowled over the last few years, apart from last year. But this year, the bowlers have really stepped up. Kyle Hogg and Glen Chapple have been outstanding as an opening partnership, backed up by Simon Kerrigan."

New signing Kyle Jarvis, the Zimbabwe international fast bowler, is named in the squad for the first time, and he may well play as skipper Chapple is ruled out by injury.