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  • James Anderson Lancashire England
    Championship Division Two title He bounced back with England too as they toured Pakistan and India that winter although he returned to home shores only to find out that he had picked up a stress fracture in his back ruling him out of virtually the entire 2006 summer But he was determined to prove his fitness ahead of a busy winter which included a Champions Trophy an Ashes series England lost 5 0 a one day tri series against Australia and New Zealand England won it and a World Cup Another period of international frustration ensued early in the summer of 2007 but he bounced back superbly to take the man of the Test series award as a star studded India toured It was also a series that helped start a period of success in a personal duel with the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar who he has now dismissed nine times in Test cricket Anderson enjoyed success in an away Test series against New Zealand in early 2008 England were coached by Peter Moores and he took 42 wickets in all forms of international cricket against the same opponents and South Africa during that summer He was subsequently awarded the aforementioned Wisden honour prior to the 2009 English summer and celebrated with a stunning ten wicket match haul as Lancashire got the Moores era off to a spectacular start against Sussex at Hove It was great preparation for an Ashes series in which Anderson took 12 wickets and featured in a stirring rear guard effort with the bat at Cardiff as the urn was regained thanks to a 2 1 win Five wickets in the Cape Town Test was the highlight of a winter drawn series with South Africa before he took 32 Test wickets during home victories over Bangladesh and Pakistan in the summer of 2010 That was followed by arguably his best series to date another Ashes campaign He finished as the leading wicket taker with 24 as England won 3 1 succeeding Down Under for the first time in 24 years And not content with that despite a disappointing third World Cup he terrorised the Indians with 21 wickets in the summer of 2011 as England became the best Test team in the world His Championship appearances for Lancashire came against Warwickshire at Edgbaston and Yorkshire at Liverpool and he picked up a winner s medal from Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace later in the year Anderson Lancashire s beneficiary in 2012 started the summer by being awarded the Freedom of Burnley He only played once for the Red Rose county in the Championship defeat against Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford in early May but managed to take five wickets in the second innings despite being laid low with a bug through the majority of the contest It prepared him for the summer s Test series against West Indies and South Africa in which he took a combined total of 18 wickets nine in each That was followed

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  • Tom Bailey Lancashire
    helping them to avoid LV County Championship relegation in 2014 Bailey aged 23 was given his chance in the Royal London one day Cup in August and he took seven wickets in four matches including a wicket on debut at Essex with his sixth ball and three wickets against Derbyshire He was subsequently given a chance in the Championship team although he had debuted in a dead rubber against Surrey at the end of the 2012 season when there was nothing but pride at stake The right armer took six wickets in three matches against Durham Yorkshire and Middlesex taking 2 36 and 1 46 in the latter fixture which Lancashire could only draw as they were relegated for the second time in three seasons Bailey also demonstrated his ability as a useful tail end batsman with 25 not out in the match against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford and 13 not out against Middlesex when Lancashire were chasing crucial bonus points He shared an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 31 with his captain Glen Chapple to get a third batting point to keep their hopes of victory and avoiding the drop alive It was one of the most dramatic passages of play in recent memory at Old Trafford Preston born Bailey it is fair to say has been somewhat of a late bloomer He started out in the game at home club Vernon Carus as an 11 year old and did not play age group cricket for Lancashire until Under 19s level He has won trophies with the Red Rose at second team level Bailey whose league club is now Central Lancashire League side Norden was selected onto Lancashire s Academy in 2011 and spent the next three years on their Scholarship programme With Kyle Hogg having to retire

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  • Karl Brown Lancashire
    pace bowling rarely gets an outing has enjoyed spells playing grade cricket in Melbourne while he also spent time at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide in 2009 There was a strong indication that Brown now aged 26 would start the 2011 summer in the Championship team when he scored 37 and 72 in the three day friendly against Oxford University at the Parks But having opened the batting in that clash he was awarded the number three slot for the season opener against Sussex at Liverpool in which he scored 114 off 236 balls to nail down his spot He also scored a fabulous 96 on a tricky pitch in a win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in late May demonstrating that he can harness some eye catching stroke play with plenty of determination when required Brown s limited overs form was impressive too with two fifties in eleven Twenty20 matches and 101 against Essex at Old Trafford in a 40 over match And it was against the white ball where Brown enjoyed most of his success in 2012 as well The talented right hander did not quite kick on as he would have hoped in the Championship scoring only 594 runs from 25 innings including three fifties a best of 78 But he was the third most successful batsman behind Steven Croft and Stephen Moore in 40 over cricket posting 319 runs from 13 matches including an excellent season high 87 not out in the win against Essex at Chelmsford He added 145 runs in eight Twenty20 matches Despite not hitting the heights of his 2011 Championship campaign he ended 2012 on a high during the defeat against Middlesex at Lord s in the season s penultimate week He scored the aforementioned 78 in the first innings

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  • nathan buck lancashire
    scene with great success in 2010 a summer in which he took 49 LV County Championship wickets Leicester born Buck turned heads in the process most notably those of the England selectors and he played 16 times for the England Lions in 2011 and 2012 Buck endured a frustrating time with injuries in the ensuing summers but bounced back superbly in 2014 his last at Grace Road with 42 wickets from only nine Championship matches It was form which saw him finish as the Foxes joint leading wicket taker with Charlie Shreck who played six matches more He credits the likes of Shreck and ex England bowler Matthew Hoggard who captained him at Leicester as key influences on his career and he is looking forward to adding Glen Chapple to that list He worked with highly regarded fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson as a teenager while he has also spent time at the famous Dennis Lillee Foundation in India Prior to his Lancashire debut the former England under 17 and under 19 has taken 150 first class wickets in 60 matches including four five wicket hauls He was England s leading wicket taker at the Under 19s World Cup in 2010 with 13 victims Buck turned down offers from other counties to sign on at Emirates Old Trafford and he looks set to play a key role in a new look Red Rose bowling attack in 2015 with the likes of Kyle Hogg and Kabir Ali departing and Chapple planning to scale back his playing commitments to concentrate on coaching It has been a big loss for the club with the likes of Kyle Hogg going and Kabir Ali going and there are some big boots to fill I m not going to say for definite that I ll fill

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  • jos buttler Lancashire England
    move to the North West on a three year contract The signing was a major coup for Lancashire who decided to replace Gareth Cross towards the end of the 2013 season and make the new signing their number one keeper Buttler born in Taunton has built a reputation as an exciting wicketkeeper batsman with him returning some stunning performances against the white ball Not only does he have power in bucket loads he can also marry that with finesse One of his favourite shots is the scoop or ramp over the wicketkeeper s head or fine leg But Buttler quickly settled into Red Rose life and he impressed in Championship cricket particularly with the bat He hit a crucial 72 in an early season come from behind win against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road before adding his maiden Lancashire century in defeat against Durham at Emirates Durham It was his fourth first class century having debuted for Somerset in 2009 ironically against Lancashire at Taunton Midway through the 2014 summer he hit a blistering 87 in a four day win over Northants with some of his sixes testing the quality of the recent building work of Emirates Old Trafford A regular feature in the England Performance Programme and Lions set ups Buttler debuted for the full team in a Twenty20 match against India at Old Trafford in the summer of 2011 He also scored an entertaining 75 in a one day international against Australia on his new home ground towards the end of the 2013 summer and added his maiden international century 121 off 74 balls in a one day defeat to Sri Lanka at Lord s towards the end of May 2014 Buttler s form for Lancashire in the Championship for England in limited overs cricket and an injury to

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  • glen chapple lancashire
    just 57 to help win the NatWest Trophy at Lord s Talismanic is the perfect way to describe the Skipton born player who has returned many a valuable contribution with the bat as well as the ball He was awarded the captaincy ahead of the 2009 season just prior to the arrival of Peter Moores as the new coach The pair formed a close bond with the now England coach often hailing Chapple s dedication to fitness and his desire to succeed Chapple a one time England one day international in 2006 took on the captaincy when Stuart Law left Old Trafford despite refusing to describe himself a natural leader He claimed 87 first class wickets in 2009 and 2010 combined setting him up perfectly for his return in 2011 even though he missed four matches due to one injury or another Chapple who had a benefit season in 2004 is part of an elite group of cricketers to pass 7 000 runs and 800 wickets for Lancashire with Jack Simmons and Johnny Briggs being the only others to have done it Ironically his 800th wicket Craig Meschede came on the final day of the 2011 season at Taunton while he also passed the 7 000 mark at the start of the summer He is still widely regarded as one of the unluckiest cricketers around not to have been given more England recognition His solitary cap came in an ODI against Ireland in 2006 although he was the odd man out of a Test squad earlier in his career and has been left out when provisional squads were cut down for a World Cup and World Twenty20 competition in 2007 Right at the start of his career it took him a while to claim the new ball on a regular basis The presence of Phil DeFreitas and Wasim Akram meant he had to settle for a role of first change When those two departed he stepped up to form a devastating new ball alliance with Peter Martin Chapple s first class best haul of 7 53 came against Durham at Blackpool in 2007 contributing to best match figures of 10 86 Along with winning the top award in 2002 2010 and 2011 Chapple won the club s Championship Player of the Year gong in 2009 2010 2011 and 2012 He took 42 wickets and scored 381 runs in 2012 including a landmark display in the penultimate match of the season against Middlesex at Lord s even though it was the fixture which secured Lancashire s relegation He claimed the 35th and 36th five wicket hauls of his career to confirm only a third ten wicket match return He finished with 5 86 in the first innings and 5 47 in the second to claim 10 133 from 46 5 overs With Lancashire going well in the CB40 and injuries hitting the squad Chapple also played seven matches more than he has played in a season since 2009 and took ten

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  • Jordan Clark lancashire
    it during a Second XI Roses clash at Scarborough His victim was left arm spinner Gurman Randhawa who was regularly planted over the mid wicket fence at North Marine Road This occurred in a three day match in April and he also became only the fifth player in professional cricket to achieve the feat anywhere in the world He joined a list including Sir Garfield Sobers Ravi Shastri Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs Amazingly it was the second time in six months that he had the opportunity to achieve the feat as during the 2012 13 winter he hit the first five balls of an over for six whilst playing grade cricket in Australia And secondly in 2014 he took 4 22 in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter final win against Glamorgan at Emirates Old Trafford including a triple wicket maiden to turn the tie on its head when the Welshmen were cruising to their target of 138 at 100 3 at the start of the 16th over A product of Sedbergh School now 24 year old Clark was only the second player from Cumbria to be invited onto Lancashire s Academy in 2008 His progress led to a first team one day debut in 2010 followed by an extended run in the Twenty20 side and further appearances in 40 over cricket the following season He was an integral part of the Second XI Trophy winning side in 2012 And although he was unable to reach the same batting levels of 2011 he will have been buoyed by his 115 v Derbyshire in the final three day game of the season Clark also reached a century against Yorkshire in that aforementioned game of 2013 It helped him gain a first team spot for the start of the first team 40

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  • steven croft lancashire
    Captaining the side for the first time in the Championship against Surrey to round the campaign off he scored 666 runs from 16 matches including two hundreds and two fifties After scoring 113 against Somerset in a weather affected April draw at Taunton his then career best 154 not out came against Surrey at Guildford in July that also finishing in a weather affected draw He claimed career best bowling figures of 6 41 in the defeat against Worcestershire at Old Trafford to demonstrate his off spin is an improving art Croft also scored 513 40 over runs and 313 from eight Twenty20s leaving him amongst the top five run scorers in the country As a result he was named in England s provisional 30 man squad for the World Twenty20 at the end of the summer although he did not make the final cut of 15 But further reward was on its way as he earned a winter deal to play Twenty20 cricket for Northern Districts Northern Knights alongside Scott Styris and Essex wicketkeeper James Foster in New Zealand Unfortunately 2013 did not quite go to plan as he found himself out of the Championship team due to patchy form with the bat He only played eight matches And although he scored one hundred and two fifties the century came as a match against Hampshire drifted to a draw during the final day at Southampton Croft arrived in Lancashire s academy in 2003 was awarded a scholarship in 2004 and made his first class debut for the county at Oxford University in 2005 He burst on to the first team scene with a bang in 2006 by hitting the last ball of a Twenty20 match against Leicestershire at Grace Road for six over cover to secure an unlikely win And he did the same again in 2008 by crashing Graham Onions in the same direction to win a 50 over Trophy match against Durham at Old Trafford Mind you he has always had a liking for the spectacular Just ask Michael Vaughan who was the victim of a stunning one handed catch at deep mid wicket during a Twenty20 Cup Roses match at Old Trafford in 2009 It was a catch that won him the club s Champagne Moment award which he had also picked up in 2007 Despite playing his cricket at Blackpool from an early age he is still on the Northern League side s committee he first picked up a bat and ball in Sri Lanka because of his father s work commitments He was the first of the club s academy products to be given a professional contract ahead of his first class debut in 2005 After holding down a regular place in the Championship side in 2007 batting at number three at times he won the Young Player of the Year award But he trumped that the following year by winning the main award thanks to 522 Championship runs including a maiden ton against

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