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  • Post War Years 1946-1953
    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

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  • The Statham Era 1954-1968
    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

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  • One Day Wonders 1969-1989 - Lancashire County Cricket Club
    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

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  • Team of the Nineties 1990-1999
    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

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  • Into the New Millennium 2000-2003
    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

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  • Title Agony Continues 2004-2008
    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

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  • Champions At Last
    Trafford were Indian legend VVS Laxman having topped 850 runs in eleven Championship matches Steven Mullaney and South African Francois du Plessis the all rounder who lost his status as a Kolpak player Away from Lancashire matters England won an Ashes series on home soil for the second time in five summers thanks to a 2 1 score line and starring roles for Red Rose duo Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson Flintoff battled against a persistent knee injury that forced him to retire from the international game immediately after the series and injury also wrecked his aim of returning for Lancashire the following year It was a sad way for such a popular cricketer to end his career or so we thought then but his contribution to cricket had been immense 2010 started in the same way 2009 had with a comprehensive opening week Championship win This time it was Warwickshire who were sent packing as a new star Simon Kerrigan was unveiled Kerrigan an up and coming left arm spinner from Preston was given his chance after Gary Keedy broke his collarbone in a pre season fielding accident and he had an immediate impact He took seven wickets in the match including the wicket of England man Ian Bell as his maiden victim and his second innings figures of 5 43 were the best figures by a Lancashire player on debut since Australian Mick Malone took 7 88 against Nottinghamshire at Blackpool in 1979 Lancashire briefly flirted with relegation as they finished fourth for the third year running And in keeping with trend they bettered their points haul of the previous season thanks to five wins contributing to a tally of 182 Nine wickets in the match for James Anderson and a century from Paul Horton helped Lancashire to a second win on the spin against Essex at Chelmsford in the following round of fixtures West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul replaced South African Ashwell Prince midway through the season with the left hander amassing 698 runs from eight four day matches including two centuries and five fifties Glen Chapple led the way with 52 wickets while Keedy returned from injury in stunning form He later admitted that he had rarely enjoyed a better period in his career than 31 wickets in seven matches Kerrigan finished with an encouraging 30 from 13 matches in his breakthrough campaign Again Lancashire briefly flirted with relegation as they finished fourth for the third year running And in keeping with trend they bettered their points haul of the previous season thanks to five wins contributing to a tally of 182 In one day cricket Lancashire fell at the quarter finals stage of the Twenty20 Cup for the third year running as Essex claimed a floodlit thriller at Chelmsford Added to this new opening batsman Stephen Moore a close season capture from Worcestershire badly dislocated his shoulder to prematurely end his summer The Lightning won six of their 12 Clydesdale Bank 40 over matches in 2010

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  • Relegation and Promotion 2012-2014
    and equal third in domestic cricket After relegation in the County Championship in 2012 Lancashire made light work of returning to the top flight in 2013 as they only lost one match on the way to the Division Two title the final match of the season against Kent at Canterbury when the hosts chased down 400 plus to win late on the final day The year started with the Red Rose club announcing a landmark sponsorship deal with Fly Emirates the Dubai based Airline for the naming rights of Old Trafford and the shirt sponsorship in Twenty20 The main part of the deal worth up to 10m over ten years would see Old Trafford become Emirates Old Trafford ahead of the return of Ashes cricket to the North West in August The fourth Test of the series ended up being drawn as England retained the Ashes going on to claim a 3 0 series win Lancashire s performances on the field were impressive in the Championship and encouraging in limited overs cricket Although they missed out on qualification for semi finals of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition they reached the quarter finals in Twenty20 only to be knocked out by 1 run in a thriller by a strong Hampshire side The Red Rose s Championship success was built upon senior batsmen Simon Katich the club s overseas player and Ashwell Prince both topping 1 000 runs for the season and three men in captain Glen Chapple fellow opening bowler Kyle Hogg and left arm spinner Simon Kerrigan all topping 50 wickets There were a number of exhilarating wins including back to back come from behind wins early in the season against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay and Essex at Emirates Old Trafford to kick start the title push Chapple s men also pegged back early pacesetters Northamptonshire with twin successes mid season but the win that took all the headlines came against Essex at Chelmsford in June when the hosts were bowled out for just 20 in their second innings as Lancashire won by an innings and 105 runs Chapple took 5 9 and Hogg 4 11 and no side has ever been bowled out for fewer runs by Lancashire in first class cricket The following week Northants were bowled out for 62 in the first innings of the match at Emirates Old Trafford There were a number of individual highlights for Lancashire players in 2013 Opening batsman Luis Reece shone in his debut season in four day cricket to win the club s young player of the year award while Kerrigan made his Test debut for England in the final Ashes Test of the summer at the Oval It was not the debut he would have hoped for going for 53 runs in eight overs but he will be back In debuting for England Kerrigan became the first product of Lancashire s Academy to graduate through to the Test match arena Lancashire s cricketers endured a largely frustrating 2014 which

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