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FAVOURITES THEY may be, but bitter memories of a previous long journey back from Southampton will prevent Lancashire from making any assumptions about today's NatWest Trophy semi-final.

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EVEN in his hour of personal triumph Michael Atherton kept a cool distance between himself and any shows of unbridled emotion at Edgbaston yesterday. The generous applause of a crowd who could sense the former captain's immense relief hardly brought a broad smile as his successor strode forward to offer congratulations.

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