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  • saqib mahmood lancashire
    Stats Lancashire Academy Scholarship 2012 14 New signing for 2015 Tests 0 ODI 0 Player Profile L ike fellow new professional Haseeb Hameed fast bowler Saqib Mahmood has graduated through to be an England Under 19 despite only being aged 17 Mahmood signed his first pro contract at Emirates Old Trafford ahead of 2015 alongside Hameed Matthew Parkinson and Tom Bailey He was part of the Lancashire Under 17s side who won the Royal London one day Cup and shared the two day Championship title with Surrey in 2014 Birmingham born but having grown up in Rochdale right armer Mahmood made a handful of second team appearances for the Red Rose through the 2013 and 2014 seasons He played Youth Test and one day international cricket for the Under 19s in 2014 taking 3 12 as South Africa were bowled out for just 77 in the second Youth Test at Northampton in August Prior to signing professional terms he spent two years on the club s Academy programme and he has also played Under 17s international cricket Mahmood bowls with really good pace and he has a natural shape away from the right handed batsman He will be 18 by

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  • matt parkinson lancashire
    played age group cricket for Lancashire since Under 13 level and was part of the Under 17s side who won the Royal London one day Cup and shared the two day Championship title with Surrey in 2014 The Under 17s side was captained by his twin brother Callum He has played Under 15s cricket for the English Schools Association North side in 2012 and Under 17s cricket for the ECB Elite Player Development side the following summer In the most recent summer he took 6 46 in a 50 over match against Pakistan A product of Lancashire s Academy and Scholarship programme Matt has played second team cricket in 2013 and 2014 and played Minor Counties cricket for Staffordshire as well He played his early league cricket for Heaton in the Bolton League although has since moved to play for Urmston in the ECB Cheshire County Premier League He signed professional terms with Lancashire ahead of 2015 His development and potential was recognised in 2014 when he was given the opportunity to shine on an England Age Group stage Once selected he took six wickets on debut against South Africa under 19s and followed this days later with another six

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  • stephen parry lancashire england
    a huge part in Parry s development during his time at Lancashire At the end of the summer he also captained the seconds to one day and Championship title glory Parry played two one day internationals against the West Indies in the Caribbean in March 2014 taking four wickets and then two T20 internationals that followed in Barbados ahead of one game in the World T20 in Banladesh later that month He made an immediate impact claiming the Man of The Match honours with 3 32 on ODI debut in Antigua He even found out about his England call up hours before working a shift in a sports shop in Perth where he was playing grade cricket for Midland Guildford He had already played for the England Lions on the back of some exceptional performances in one day and Twenty20 cricket for the Lightning Since taking five wickets on his first class debut against Durham University in April of 2007 the former Old Trafford Academy and Scholarship player has had his opportunities against the red ball limited as aforementioned Parry played in two County Championship matches against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and Durham at Old Trafford in 2009 also opening the batting in the latter Parry has made his name with the white ball On the back of some consistent performances for the Lightning he played for the Lions in a 50 over triangular match against India A at New Road in July 2010 returning 3 48 from his ten overs Parry s strength is his versatility While bowling is obviously his main attribute he is a more than useful batsman and another excellent fielder Prospering with the bat during a spell of grade cricket in Perth during the winter of 2010 11 gave him the confidence that he

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  • Alviro Petersen - Lancashire County Cricket Club
    ODI 21 Player Profile A lviro Petersen has signed a two year deal with Lancashire County Cricket Club with an option to extend to a third year after announcing his retirement from international cricket The South African batsman who has county experience with Somerset Essex and Glamorgan called time on his international career following South Africa s victory in the Third Test against the West Indies He played in 36

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  • Luke Procter lancashire
    back down it And that he did for the start of 2013 Despite scoring a half century in the first match of the season however the emergence of Luis Reece and the return from injury of Paul Horton meant he dropped back down the order to bat at number five and six And it was a move that worked a treat with him scoring five successive half centuries between early July and late August In the penultimate match of the season Procter posted his maiden first class century against Gloucestershire at Bristol a 227 ball 106 His haul of 15 Championship wickets included three four wicket hauls It seemed that ahead of 2014 he had found his rightful role in the side having scored a career best total of 718 runs from 15 matches at 34 19 And despite a frustrating season he was at least able to return to the side at the end of the season to score 81 against Sussex at Hove and 42 against Middlesex at Emirates Old Trafford He also took 4 50 in the first innings of the draw which proved not to be enough to secure Division One status Procter started the 2011 campaign his second as a professional with the aim of trying to cement his place in Lancashire s limited overs teams accepting that anything else he achieved would be a bonus He ended it with 366 runs and nine wickets to his name from seven Championship matches top of the club s four day batting averages and with a medal around his neck Procter scored fifties against Sussex at Hove during his first appearance of the campaign he converted it into a career best 89 and Durham at Liverpool while adding a number of other valuable contributions He finished with an average of 40 66 He also outfoxed batsmen with his whippy bowling action and extra pace claiming 3 33 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston prospering as the third seamer in the attack by getting out Mohammad Yousuf the prolific Pakistani batsman In terms of one day cricket by and large Procter achieved his pre season goal He played in nine of the 12 40 over matches and in 15 out of 18 Twenty20 matches In 2012 2013 and 2014 however he only played four one day and four Twenty20 matches Procter signed professional terms at Old Trafford ahead of the 2010 summer making his Championship debut against Warwickshire at Edgbaston later in that season as a substitute for Jimmy Anderson Anderson was still in the air on the way back from the World Twenty20 competition in the West Indies when the clash started but was desperate to play in a bid to get some valuable game time in ahead of the home Tests It was quite ironic therefore that Anderson was in the side a year later alongside Procter at Edgbaston praising the now 25 year old for his impressive bowling display Procter s first full Championship match came at

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  • luis reece lancashire
    as the club s Young Player of the Year at the end of season awards dinner As well as being a batsman with a simple technique Reece is also an improving left arm medium paced bowler However he only bowled ten overs in the Championship summer owing a lot to a knee injury he suffered early in the season Reece started the summer his first as a Red Rose professional captaining the students of Leeds Bradford MCC Universities He even led them to a notable first class victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road a match in which he scored his only first class century to date an unbeaten 114 Reece joined Lancashire s Academy in 2008 having made his second XI debut the previous year He was not offered anything further by the Red Rose before going to University where his cricket made significant strides forward He played for the Unicorns in the county 40 over competition in 2011 and 2012 which helped him get noticed by Lancashire again He was on a Scholarship contract with the club in 2012 While he played a couple of first class matches for Leeds Bradford in 2012 he really hit the headlines in a three day friendly for them against Sussex In defending a first innings score of 164 the left armer snared 7 21 and at one stage had the incredible figures of 5 0 from five overs Reece scored a double century for Lancashire s Second XI as an opener in early 2013 before impressing against the first team in a three day friendly for Leeds Bradford scoring 41 and 77 from number six and number five He debuted in the Championship the following week against Essex at Chelmsford a match which Lancashire won by bowling the hosts out for 20

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  • Tom Smith lancashire
    Boxing Day lit up Trent Bridge with a fabulous 104 ball 117 the first ton of his one day career before returning figures of 4 48 from his eight overs as a thrilling two run win was secured in late August He became the first Red Rose player ever to score a hundred and take four wickets in the same one day match And it was the standout return of a campaign which further cemented his place in Peter Moores s first choice line up in all three forms of the game He finished the Championship campaign with 459 runs including four half centuries and 25 wickets from 12 matches while he added 282 40 over runs and seven wickets and 413 Twenty20 runs and six wickets Not only this he took a total of 27 catches across all three formats including the crucial one to get Hampshire s Neil McKenzie in the penultimate Championship match at Liverpool to keep Lancashire s title dream alive As glorious as 2011 was 2012 was massively frustrating for Smith even though he still demonstrated his talents on a number of occasions Hamstring and thigh injuries meant he only played six Championship four 40 over and eight Twenty20 matches but he still managed to contribute wickets and in particular runs He also entered the record books again courtesy of his second 40 over ton In a washed out match against Worcestershire at New Road in August he smashed 106 off 46 balls including eight fours and ten sixes In reaching three figures of 44 balls he equalled the fifth fastest List A hundred ever scored anywhere in the world and the third fastest in the UK Having replaced Ashwell Prince at the top of the order following his second lengthy injury lay off of the season he shared 150 in 15 overs for the first wicket with Stephen Moore who later described the knock as a very Chris Gayle like innings He also said it was striking of world class calibre It was an innings which brought Smith the club s champagne moment award at the end of season awards dinner Smith also scored 91 from number six in the order during a drawn Championship match against Durham later that week before moving up the order to open in matches against Middlesex and Surrey scoring 55 21 and 83 2013 was also a funny season for Smith who started it out of the side on selection grounds and then suffered more injury problems But once he returned in mid June he went on to play seven Championship matches and return some useful contributions arguably more so with the ball than bat in taking 22 wickets he also scored two fifties Wherever you ask him to bat whenever you ask him to bowl or wherever you ask him to field Smith will give it absolutely everything he s got Smith who will be 29 at the start of the 2015 summer has twice been selected

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  • History of Lancashire County Cricket Club
    to win they were bowled out for 33 by Cec Parkin and Dick Tyldesley It was said that the whole of Yorkshire were struck silent by the result Lancashire managed to secure the services of the great Australian fast bowler Ted McDonald who had been playing for Nelson In 1925 a dry summer saw Lancashire gain third place and all that was predicted of the bowling came true with McDonald taking 182 wickets Parkin 121 and Tyldesley 116 Charles Hallows had a wonderful season scoring 2 354 runs and well supported by Frank Watson with 1 638 runs At the end of the season Jack Sharp decided to retire at the age of 47 after 518 matches for the county Hat trick of Championships 1926 1939 Photo Jack Sharp left and Harry Makepeace both played Test cricket and international football for England Both played for Everton F C winning the FA Cup and Makepeace the League title c Colorsport Hat Trick of Championships 1926 1939 M ajor later Colonel Green took over for the 1926 season and Lancashire were champions the first time since 1904 He was described as leading by example and of much tactical instinct and better still with an understanding of character Features were MacDonald s bowling the batting of Makepeace and Tyldesley who each made over 2 000 runs the good team spirit wicket keeping and fielding The club made a handsome profit of 10 000 1927 saw Lancashire repeat their championship success but by a smaller margin with only 10 matches won in a wet season Hallows had a great season hitting six hundreds and along with Ernest Tyldesley were the mainstays for the batting MacDonald and Dick Tyldesley led the bowling with good support from Frank Sibbles The third year of Leonard Green s hat trick was the most emphatic with 15 victories and no defeats The team was highly efficient with Hallows scoring over 2 000 runs including 1 000 runs in the month of May Watson and Tyldesley both scored over 2 000 runs and the side was completed by George Duckworth 107 victims and a place amongst Wisden s Five Cricketers of the Year At the end of the season Leonard Green decided to retire with the enviable record of three successive championships and 42 wins against just 3 defeats Peter Eckersley at the age of 23 took over the captaincy and although it was inevitable that the season would be something of an anti climax Lancashire challenged Notts all the way and finished a very close second Under the enthusiastic captaincy of Eckersley Lancashire once more took the championship in 1930 a wet summer with 10 victories and no defeats Ernest Tyldesley Watson and Hopwood led the batting and MacDonald once more the bowling with good support from Hopwood and Sibbles The year ended sadly with the passing of J T Tyldesley ending a link with the 1890 s and someone who was a very popular cricketer 1931 and 1932 had much in common as apart from being wet summers Lancashire finished 6th each year MacDonald retired after taking 1 053 wickets in eight seasons and once described by Neville Cardus as A bowler of rare and sinister beauty Dick Tyldesley also retired and Lancashire had to begin to rebuild the side 1933 saw the club once more engulfed in financial worries with their players taking a cut in their match fees Only one match was lost during the season and it pointed the way to the championship title of 1934 Fine weather a visit by Don Bradman s Australians and Lancashire thanks to some excellent team work with 13 matches won delivered the championship once more Cyril Washbrook began to nudge his way into the side and Len Hopwood did the double 1 000 runs and 100 wickets The second XI were also successful that year winning the Minor Counties Competition Ernest Tyldesley retired in 1935 and no Lancashire batsman has matched his 100 centuries in first class cricket He made a tremendous contribution to Lancashire cricket and later joined the Committee Also that year Len Hopwood did the double again and Peter Eckersley retired to become an M P The late 1930 s saw Lancashire cricket undergo a period of re building under the captaincy of Lionel Lister The opening partnership of Paynter and Washbrook flourished and with Pollard and Phillipson bowling well Lancashire were full of promise with a good young side They went into the 1939 season with great hopes only to see them founder in a wet season and towards the end of the season a feeling of unreality as the nation drifted towards war The Post War Years 1946 1953 Photo The Invincibles Lancashire s 1928 title winners went the season undefeated Back left to right John Len Hopwood Frank Watson John Jack Iddon Richard Dick Tyldesley Malcolm Taylor George Duckworth Front Edgar Ted McDonald Harold Harry Makepeace Major Leonard Len Green captain Ernest Tyldesley Charlie Hallows Post War Years 1946 1953 C hampionship cricket resumed in 1946 with Lancashire particularly affected by the war which brought about the retirement of a number of the older players Jack Fallows stood in for one year when Jack Iddon the captain elect was killed in car crash just before the start of the season These were Washbrook s finest years and in 1946 no one in England scored more than his 2 400 runs Winston Place scored 1 900 and Lancashire had the best opening pair in the country Ken Cranston was captain in 1947 and 1948 flashing across the scene like a meteor before returning to a career in dentistry He had time to play for England and even captain them in a Test Lancashire finished 3rd and 5th during his captaincy and lacked only a really fast bowler to achieve more Washbrook and Place both exceeded 2 500 runs in 1947 and between them scored 19 centuries with sound support coming from Jack Ikin and Geoff Edrich Cyril Washbrook s benefit took place in August 1948 watched by 50 000 people and he received the colossal amount of 14 000 beating the previous record by over 10 000 Against the Australians a young Malcolm Hilton took the cricket world by storm by dismissing Don Bradman twice Lancashire turned to Nigel Howard as captain in 1949 and he had a very unhappy first year with the team finishing 11th and he came in for a good deal of criticism The following year fortunes changed and Lancashire shared the championship with Surrey winning 16 matches The difference was Roy Tattersall and Malcolm Hilton who between them took nearly 300 wickets and the emergence of a young fast bowler named Brian Statham Lancashire were to finish third in each of Nigel Howard s remaining three years as captain with some very good performances from a young side Roy Tattersall continued to be the leading wicket taker with 146 in 1952 and 135 in 1953 and against Notts at Old Trafford in 53 he took 7 wickets including a hat trick in 19 balls without conceding a run Brian Statham took 100 wickets for the first time in 1952 Lancashire were involved in another one day finish in 1953 when they bowled out Somerset for 55 and 79 in a day at Bath with Tattersall taking 13 for 69 Bob Berry took all ten wickets in an innings at Blackpool against Worcestershire The Statham Era 1954 1968 Photo Winston Place left and Cyril Washbrook opening the batting for Lancashire c Colorsport The Statham Era 1954 1968 T he 1950 s saw the emergence of one of Lancashire and England s all time greats Brian Statham With the retirement of Nigel Howard for the 1954 season Lancashire looked to their first professional captain Cyril Washbrook who was to captain the side for the next six years He was one of the most respected players in the game but perhaps not the most dynamic of captains and there was a strong feeling that Lancashire did not make the most of their available talent In 1959 Pullar Grieves and Wharton all passed 2 000 runs and Statham Higgs and Greenhough all taking 100 wickets yet they only finished 5th despite beating Surrey twice This was the period of Surrey s dominance of the County Championship with seven successive titles The retirement of Cyril Washbrook threw the captaincy wide open and the committee went for amateur Bob Barber in 1960 at the age of 24 His first season was successful and they finished runners up with five batsmen scoring 1 000 runs and Statham Higgs and Greenhough again exceeding 100 wickets Lancashire were top of the table during August and missed the title only through a poor run which saw them lose four and draw two of their last six matches The following year saw Lancashire plummet to 13th place Barber was too young for the captaincy and there were several problems with senior players Lancashire s best players Statham and Pullar played in all the Tests against Australia and Pullar again scored 2 000 runs There was a further plunge in 1962 as Lancashire led by the amateur Joe Blackledge who did not have any first class cricket experience slipped to 16th winning only two matches and losing 16 During this time there was much disquiet at the club with many players leaving for careers with other counties Ken Grieves was captain for two years without much success except Lancashire reached the semi final twice in the new one day Gillette Cup Matters came to a head with members dissatisfaction in 1964 when the committee resigned en bloc before elections could be held They also enraged members by advertising in The Times for a new captain Cedric Rhoades became chairman and the committee appointed Brian Statham as captain for 1965 to 1967 a very popular choice Statham s spell as captain was a period of comparative peace with the side making steady progress and laid the foundations with the younger players so avidly built upon when Jack Bond took over in 1968 Brian Statham made his final appearance for Lancashire in the Roses match in 1968 to end an illustrious career with more wickets than any other Lancashire bowler 1 816 at 15 12 each One Day Wonders 1969 1989 Photo The incomparable Brian Statham c PA Images One Day Wonders 1969 1989 Jack Bond led Lancashire for five seasons during which time they finished third in the championship in 1970 and 1971 They also achieved a hat trick of Gillette Cup wins 1970 72 and consecutive Sunday League titles in 1969 1970 The signing of overseas stars Farokh Engineer from India and West Indies Clive Lloyd helped Lancashire to be recognised as one of the best one day and fielding sides the game had seen Lancashire had some fine players who were coming to their peaks but more importantly they played well together as a team The Gillette Cup semi final against Gloucestershire in 1971 was one of the most memorable seen at Old Trafford David Hughes came in to bat at 8 45pm and in semi darkness hit 24 in an over to win one of the most astonishing one day matches ever played David Lloyd Clive Lloyd along with Barry Wood Harry Pilling Frank Hayes were the mainstays of the batting and the bowling of Peter Lever Ken Shuttleworth backed up by Hughes and Jack Simmons were usually too much for other one day teams David Lloyd succeeded Jack Bond in 1973 until 1977 and in 1975 the Gillette Cup was won for a record fourth time They reached the final on two other occasions 1974 and 1976 and in the County Championship had a very successful run in 1975 finishing fourth with the title still at stake in the final match Peter Lee was Lancashire s most successful bowler four seasons out of five and he is the last Lancashire bowler to take 100 wickets in a season Frank Hayes burst through in 1973 scoring runs for Lancashire and making a century against the West Indies on his Test debut at Lord s However the team that had won so many Cup Finals in the early 1970 s was beginning to break up and in 1976 Lancashire slipped to 16th in the championship In the next eleven years they were to occupy the bottom six of the county championship A succession of captains including Frank Hayes Clive Lloyd John Abrahams and Clive Lloyd again came and went without much success John Abrahams led Lancashire in 1984 to their first trophy since 1975 when they won the Benson Hedges Cup at Lord s Lancashire continued to disappoint in the County championship remaining in the bottom six despite promising more Jack Bond and Peter Lever were dismissed as Manager and Coach after the 1986 Nat West Trophy Final defeat and in their place David Hughes was appointed captain and Alan Ormrod Manager Coach Cedric Rhoades was also replaced as Chairman by Bob Bennett who promised to introduce a less rigorous and less paternalistic regime For the 1987 season Lancashire began to build a useful team Graeme Fowler and Gehan Mendis developed into a dependable opening partnership Neil Fairbrother Hughes and Abrahams made useful contributions and a young Mike Atherton scored 600 runs in the second half of the season The bowling spearheaded by West Indies Patrick Patterson and Paul Allott with Hughes and Mike Watkinson in support with spinners Simmons and Ian Folley looked more than useful They finished 2nd in the County Championship their highest position for 27 years and the tide seemed to have turned once more In 1988 a young fast bowler from Pakistan Wasim Akram made his debut for Lancashire and looked fast The county saved it s most consistent forays for the Sunday League and finished third They also won a trophy winning the Refuge Cup Final against Worcestershire at Edgbaston The following year they won the Sunday League in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season and finished 4th in the county championship Jack Simmons decided to call it a day at the age of 48 after taking 1 000 first class wickets for the county Team of the Nineties 1990 1999 Photo crowds outside Old Trafford ahead of the 1971 Gillette Cup semi final they were to witness one of the great one day games that did not finish until nearly 9 o clock Team of the Nineties 1990 1999 F ollowing success in one day competition in 1988 and 1989 more one day success ensued in 1990 with the winning of both the Nat West Trophy and Benson Hedges Cup finals at Lord s This was the first time any county had won both competitions in the same year Lancashire almost managed a treble finishing runners up in the Sunday League As a one day side Lancashire were formidable and showed great strength and versatility in all competitions In 1991 David Hughes last season Lancashire were runners up in the Benson Hedges Cup and again finished second in the Sunday League David Hughes had moulded and shaped a Lancashire team to compare with the side that carried all before it in the 1970 s There was a curious Championship match at the Oval in 1990 when Lancashire scored 863 with Neil Fairbrother hitting 366 after Surrey had made 707 for 9 Neil Fairbrother took over the captaincy for two seasons in 1992 but was never really suited for the role and was content to return to be a middle order batsman and develop into one of the most feared one day players in the world The loss of Wasim Akram to Pakistan obviously had a great effect and the team after promising well were knocked out of both cup competitions at the quarter finals and finished mid table in the Sunday League At the end of the season it was decided to release Paul Allott and Graeme Fowler two players who had given distinguished service to the club In 1993 four wins out of the first seven matches ensured that Lancashire had a good start but they slipped during the season and ended it in 14th position a drop of two places from the previous year In the Benson Hedges Cup Lancashire lost to Derbyshire in an exciting final with Neil Fairbrother scoring an heroic 87 not out Mike Atherton was appointed Captain of England during the season and for 1994 Mike Watkinson was appointed county captain and David Lloyd head coach In 1994 Lancashire looked to the development of young players and Peter Martin and Glen Chapple both took 50 wickets The batting looked very solid with John Crawley and Jason Gallian making good progress John Crawley scored two double centuries 250 and 281 not out as well as 286 for England A in South Africa However there were early departures in both Cup competitions and Lancashire s position in the championship of 10th was misleading with 25 points being deducted for an unsuitable pitch They would have finished third without the fine 1995 saw Lancashire back to winning ways with a Benson Hedges Cup final win at Lord s and a magnificent start to the season winning the first ten matches outright Wasim Akram took a record 81 wickets but only two players Crawley and Gallian scored 1 000 runs There were many Test calls though Lancashire finished a credible fourth in both the Championship and Sunday League The success of 1995 bolstered the strong feeling that within the next few years Lancashire could have their best chance since the War to win the County Championship outright And success did follow in 1996 when a confident strong and settled team won both domestic cup competitions It was the second time that both the B H Cup and NatWest Trophy had come to Old Trafford in the same season the first time was in 1990 and is something only Lancashire had achieved until Gloucs double success of 1999 It was a season without the inspirational Wasim Akram on tour with Pakistan and Lancashire fielded a home grown eleven in both finals leaving out the unfortunate overseas replacement Steve Elworthy each time 1997 was an underachieving and barren year in terms of trophies but Lancashire made a significant appointment in coach Dav Whatmore and were the first county to offer players twelve month contracts The real benefits were seen the following year another double winning season with Wasim Akram taking over as skipper as the players responded to the improved preparation and training with an all out assault on three trophies Success came with another NatWest Trophy win at Lord s and the Axa one day League title was wrapped up the following day at Old Trafford The only disappointment came in the Championship where Lancashire finished runners up to Leicestershire The team won their last six Championship games in an exciting finish and only lost five games in all competitions during the entire season It was one the best seasons in the club s history and Lancashire followers everywhere hoped for further honours in 1999 The last year of the decade did bring some success and a few surprises Lancashire started slowly and were near the bottom of the Championship in early June They were knocked out of both cup competitions but were boosted by the arrival of Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan The Sri Lankan spinner mesmerised everyone with a whirlwind 66 wickets in 6 games before leaving for Test duty Lancashire stormed up the table continued winning after Murali departed and finished runners up in the Championship for the second year in succession The surprise of the season had to be the departure in mid July of coach Dav Whatmore to Sri Lanka He returned to his previous role as coach to the Sri Lankan national side It meant an increased role for new skipper John Crawley with Warren Hegg appointed vice captain In the new CGU National League previously the Axa League Lancashire Lightning lost two early games but were never defeated again and retained their title with one match to spare It was their eighth trophy of the 1990 s more than any other side making them the undisputed Team of the Nineties Into the New Millennium 2000 2003 Images David Hughes and Mike Watkinson on Lord s balcony with the B H Cup in 1990 team celbrations in 1996 1998 at Lord s Muttiah Muralitharan took 66 wickets in his first 6 matches c PA Images John Dawson Into the New Millennium 2000 2003 T he dawn of the new millennium heralded a change of fortunes as the team that had enjoyed so much success in the previous decade began to break up Lancashire were still in the hunt for honours but became familiar with failures that did not sit easily when compared with the recent exploits of the team of the nineties Australian Bobby Simpson was appointed Head Coach for the 2000 and 2001 seasons and in his first year saw his team finish as runners up to Surrey by 20 points in the County Championship without ever really looking like convincing contenders for the title In the one day game the new Kings of One Day Cricket were Gloucestershire who swept Lancashire aside twice in the semi finals of both the B H Cup and NatWest Trophy The biggest shock came in the Norwich Union National League when Lancashire the defending Champions were relegated by just two points with Simpson rightly saying at the end of the season we didn t play to our potential This slide continued into 2001 with Lancashire just avoiding relegation in the Championship by 5 points failing to mount a promotion push in the National League falling at the group stages of the B H Cup and then enduring a disastrous batting display in the new C G former NatWest Trophy semi final at Leicester It was perhaps then that there was no great surprise when at the end of the season the club decided not to renew Simpson s contract The season was the final one for two great servants when opening batsman Mike Atherton announced his retirement after an outstanding career with both Lancashire and England and popular all rounder Ian Austin also called time on his first class cricket days Then followed a dispute that dragged on all winter John Crawley was not retained as captain with the player subsequently requesting an early release from his contract Crawley s request was eventually granted at the start of the following season with Hampshire paying Lancashire an undisclosed amount of compensation but it was a sorry and sad end to a career that had seen Crawley emerge through the club junior sides to be one of the club s most consistent and brilliant batsmen It meant that the 2002 season saw a new captain at the helm in Warren Hegg and a new coach with Mike Watkinson appointed Cricket Manager Watkinson had spent the previous two seasons as captain coach of the 2ndXI and was well placed to assess the needs of the team Stuart Law was recruited as overseas player from Essex following the previous one year deals for Sourav Ganguly in 2001 and Muttiah Muralitharan in 2002 Batsman Alec Swann joined from Northants and with Ryan Driver and John Wood having joined in 2001 the squad had changed significantly in a short space of time The biggest surprise came just before the start of the season when former Yorkshire skipper David Byas was persuaded to come out of retirement after leading the White Rose county to the Championship in 2001 On the field the team won their two opening Championship games flirted with the relegation places mid way through the seaon before finishing reasonably comfortable in a mid table fourth position Promotion from division 2 of the National League again eluded the team as did significant progress in the C G Trophy In the last ever B H Cup competition Lancashire endured a heart breaking last ball defeat at Old Trafford against Warwickshire Law and Swann both made over 1 000 runs while Chapple and Martin took over 50 wickets each The bowler who made all the headlines though was James Anderson the young Burnley bred quickie arriving with a bang in the second half of the season taking 50 wickets with fearsome pace From playing with the 2ndXI in June Anderson ended the year catapulted from the England Academy to the full England side for the 2003 World Cup Meanwhile Graham Lloyd and Neil Fairbrother both retired at the end of the season and will be long remembered for their many outstanding attacking innings that thrilled Lancashire supporters over many seasons If 2002 had been a season of consolidation the next season was one of the more memorable featuring outstanding batting and a real tilt at that elusive Championship Lancashire had signed Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh as their second overseas player when the overseas quota was increased only for the Indian spinner to pull out after suffering injury West Indies Carl Hooper was recruited as the season began and he went on to enthral spectators with some brilliant batting in all competitions Hooper scored over 1 100 runs in the Championship and was aided by Player of the Season Stuart Law 1 820 Mark Chilton 1 065 and new recruit Mal Loye signed from Northants 1 062 These 4 batsman each scored a century in the same innings on two occasions against Middlesex at Old Trafford and Warwickshire at Edgbaston the first time this feat had been achieved twice by the same set of players Another new signing Iain Sutcliffe from Leics contributed nearly 700 runs despite two spells out with bad injuries and altogether the batsmen hit 28 Championship centuries the second highest number in a season by Lancashire Left arm spinner Gary Keedy led the bowlers with 60 wickets with the ever reliable pair of Glen Chapple and Peter Martin contributing 49 and 41 wickets respectively Chapple also cemented his all rounder credentials with two centuries and nearly 700 runs The impact of Anderson the previous year worked against the team however as his call ups to England as a contracted player restricted his appearances Brilliant all rounder Andrew Flintoff contributed significantly at the start of the season before he too spent the remainder of the season in Test and ODI action for the national side Nevertheless Lancashire were involved in a three horse race for the Championship throughout the summer Early runaway leaders Surrey were eventually overhauled and heavily beaten at Old Trafford in August Lancashire had suffered defeat at Hove in early August but bounced back to beat Sussex at Old Trafford in September but the south coast side clinched the title the following week In one day cricket Lancashire ended their three year stay in division 2 of the NCL and were convincing Division 2 Champions During the run in to the season the side hit their highest ever home and away totals in this competition in successive matches The C G Trophy again provided semi final heartbreak where despite Mal Loye s unbeaten century on one of the hottest days for many years Lancashire had to suffer another last over defeat this time at Worcester The new Twenty20 Cup didn t provide much cheer as Lancashire failed to qualify from their group but huge crowds at the games including nearly 15 000 for the Roses encounter with Yorkshire brought a new form of entertaining cricket to the public This time there were no retirements or departures at the end of the season and Lancashire strengthened the side by adding Derbyshire all rounder Dominic Cork to the squad for 2004 Title Agony Continues 2004 2008 Title Agony Continues 2004 2008 I t was a case of so nearly for Lancashire between 2004 and 2008 with a heart breaking Championship finale at the Oval in 2007 the closest the side had come to ending their 73 year title drought The 2004 campaign Warren Hegg s last season as captain was a disappointing affair marked by relegation from Division One of the County Championship finishing next to bottom with only two wins one of which in April was a crushing three days success over title holders Sussex Little went right after that Injuries took their toll Peter Martin played in only six championship games and key batsmen Stuart Law Carl Hooper and Mal Loye were all in the treatment room for lengthy periods The bowling department also came under pressure Martin struggled with knee trouble and was to announce his retirement at the end of the season James Anderson was on England duty and Sajid Mahmood failed to hit form after a punishing ODI debut for England Left arm spinner Gary Keedy however rose to the challenge with a career best 72 wickets Lancashire again came close to one day honours particularly in a nail biting one run defeat by Surrey in the Twenty20 Cup semi their third semi heartbreak under Hegg s captaincy They took second spot in the Totesport one day League and were beaten by Yorkshire in the Cheltenham Gloucester Trophy quarter final thanks to a magnificent century by Michael Vaughan Martin said farewell after 16 seasons He had 584 first class wickets for Lancashire and 17 in eight Tests for England At one day level he had been a member of the highly successful Red Rose side of the 1990 s and claimed 27 victims in 20 England appearances It was also to be the last season with Lancashire for Hooper Jamie Haynes Chris Schofield Alec Swann John Wood and Mark Currie While the Ashes took centre stage in 2005 there was plenty for Lancashire fans to enthuse about as under the new captain Mark Chilton they stormed back into the top flight as Division Two champions Again it was a case of so near yet so far in one day cricket but at least Lancashire were back on track in the Championship A string of overseas stars made an impact Andrew Symonds on tour with Australia but not required for the Ashes made a spectacular debut in the Cheltenham Gloucester Trophy quarter final against Sussex and topped the first class batting averages with 62 Muttiah Muralitharan claimed 36 wickets in six games and another Murali spin demon India s Murali Kartik popped up virtually unannounced to take 16 wickets in the last two matches sealing the second division title But there were home grown successes as well James Anderson leading the way with 60 Championship wickets to prove he had overcome a serious back injury Hopes of a one day trophy were wrecked by Somerset s South African star Graeme Smith in the Twenty20 Cup final at the Oval and by a lack lustre performance at Edgbaston in the C G Trophy semi final Injury robbed Hegg of a well deserved farewell appearance at Old Trafford and the chance of beating George Duckworth s wicket keeping record of 925 dismissals Hegg finished with 920 after 20 seasons and 337 first class appearances for the club The everlasting memory of 2005 however was the last day of the Old Trafford Test when with the ground bursting at the seams Lancashire had to lock the gates on an estimated 20 000 fans still outside This after the shock news that Old Trafford had not been awarded an Ashes Test for 2009 The overall attendance was 108 993 the 2nd highest in Old Trafford s history Lancashire s chairman Jack Simmons joked about re locating to the south coast after rain thwarted a great bid to land the 2006 title Chilton s team were well set but the weather played havoc with the last four games three of them on home soil and Sussex took advantage Mal Loye hammered 1 198 Championship runs including three consecutive centuries for the second time in his Lancashire career and new wicketkeeper Luke Sutton s 151 against Yorkshire was a Red Rose record for a keeper beating Farokh Engineer s 141 But the loss of the prolific Australian Brad Hodge after only five matches was a setback New Zealand s experienced Nathan Astle came in but never hit top form Pipped for the Championship by the sunshine boys of Hove Lancashire also had to play second fiddle to them in the Cheltenham Gloucester Trophy final at Lord s In a low scoring but dramatic clash Stuart Law s controversial lbw was a major blow The umpire later apologized But Lancashire still had chances to win and failed despite a superb innings from Dominic Cork Disappointment came again the following season but there was glory in failure when Lancashire went down by 24 runs in the last match at the Brit Oval after being set an impossible target of 489 In a heart rending climax with the Championship at stake they reached 464 before Cork was the last man out Surrey s victory enabled Sussex to land the title Lancashire could only finish third with Durham in the runners up position It was a thrilling end to the campaign and captain Mark Chilton emerged from the Oval dressing room to say To get even close to that target was phenomenal It was agony but I m proud of this side Chilton later resigned the captaincy and Stuart Law was named as his successor for 2008 Perhaps the bare facts do not accurately reflect Lancashire s progress under Chilton Lancashire did not win a major trophy and his batting suffered under the weight of the responsibility But he could well be considered unlucky The team often looked capable of putting silverware in the Old Trafford cabinet but under performed when it most mattered highlighted by that remarkable Oval match where their heroics in the second innings masked their failure in the first While Muttiah Muralitharan 51 wickets in eight matches and India s VVS Laxman were among those who impressed the Player of the Year award went to the emerging young batsman Paul Horton who scored 1 116 runs at the top of the order Lancashire matched their Championship record of 5 wins and 2 defeats the following season but only after flirting with relegation Going in to the last two matches wins against Kent who subsequently went down and Somerset demonstrated the resilience in the side and resulted in a mid table finish Their one day form in 2008 was decidely mixed Relegation came in the NatWest Pro40 League while the team finished fourth in their Friends Provident Trophy group albeit just two points behind leaders Durham In the Twenty20 Cup Lancashire qualified as group runners up behind Durham but lost by 12 runs to Middlesex in a high scoring quarter final match switched to the Oval Steven Croft was Player of the Year with Tom Smith named Young Player of the Year and there were plenty of signs that Lancashire s youngsters were making progress Paul Horton was one of the leading performers while South African Francois Faf du Plessis caught the eye and was outstanding in the field The overseas player spot once again had a bit of a revolving door feel about it with Brad Hodge leaving in May to go to the IPL and his spot being occupied by Mohammad Yousuf and then from mid season by Lou Vincent Captain Stuart Law led from the front in his customary style but injuries to Mal Loye Dominic Cork and leading wicket taker Glen Chapple didn t help maintain any consistency The end of the season saw the departure of Law after 7 outstanding seasons at the club during which he scored nearly 12 000 runs in all competitions Cork left to join Hampshire while Iain Sutcliffe retired and Simon

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