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Lancashire County Cricket Club

Lancashire County Cricket Club
One-day name: Lancashire Lightning
Captain: Tom Smith
Coach: Ashley Giles [1]
Founded: 1864
Home ground: Old Trafford
Capacity: 19,000
First-class debut: Middlesex
in 1865
at Old Trafford
Championship wins: 9 (including 1 shared)
Pro40 wins: 5 (joint record)
FP Trophy wins: 7 (record)
Twenty20 Cup wins: 1
Official website: Lancashire CCC

Lancashire County Cricket Club represents the historic county of Lancashire in cricket’s County Championship. Founded in 1864 as a successor to Manchester Cricket Club, Lancashire have played at Old Trafford since then and, in 1865, played their inaugural first-class match, beating Middlesex at Old Trafford.

Johnny Briggs, whose career lasted from 1879 to 1900, was the first player to score 10,000 runs and take 1,000 wickets for Lancashire. Lancashire was widely recognised as the champion county four times between 1879 and 1889. When the County Championship was officially founded in December 1889, Lancashire was one of eight clubs to feature in the competition’s first season in 1890. In 1895 Archie MacLaren scored 424 in an innings for Lancashire, which remains the highest score by an Englishman in first-class cricket. Lancashire won their first two County Championship titles in 1897 and 1904.

Ernest Tyldesley is the club’s leading run-scorer with 34,222 runs in 573 matches for Lancashire between 1909 and 1936. Between 1926 and 1934, Lancashire won the County Championship five times, but would not claim the title again until 1950, when it was shared with Surrey. Lancashire next won the County Championship in 2011.

Cyril Washbrook became Lancashire’s first professional captain in 1954. Fast bowler Brian Statham took 1,816 wickets in 430 first-class matches between 1950 and 1968. This remains a club record. The Lancashire side of the late 1960s and early 1970s was successful in one-day cricket, winning the Sunday League in 1969 and 1970 and the Gillette Cup four times between 1970 and 1975. Lancashire won the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1984, three times between 1990 and 1996, and the Sunday League in 1989, 1998 and 1999. The County Championship was restructured in 2000 with Lancashire in the first division. They were relegated in 2004 but promoted again in 2005. In 2011, Lancashire won the County Championship but were then relegated to the second division in 2012.


  • Honours 1
  • Earliest cricket in Lancashire 2
  • History of the county club 3
    • Origin 3.1
    • Early successes 3.2
    • The golden era 3.3
    • Post war 3.4
    • Limited-over success 3.5
    • New century 3.6
  • Ground 4
  • Finances 5
  • Players 6
    • Current squad 6.1
  • Captains 7
  • Records 8
    • Player records 8.1
    • Team totals 8.2
    • Partnership record for each wicket 8.3
  • See also 9
  • Notes 10
  • References 11
  • Further reading 12
  • External links 13


First XI honours[2]
  • Champion County[notes 1] (1) – 1881; shared (3) – 1879, 1882, 1889
  • County Championship (8) – 1897, 1904, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1934, 2011; shared (1) – 1950
Division Two (2) – 2005, 2013
  • NatWest t20 Blast (1) – 2015
  • Gillette/NatWest/C&G Trophy (7) – 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1990, 1996, 1998
  • Sunday/National/Pro40 League (5) – 1969, 1970, 1989, 1998, 1999
Division Two (1) – 2003
  • Benson and Hedges Cup (4) – 1984, 1990, 1995, 1996
Second XI honours
  • Second XI Championship (3) – 1964, 1986, 1997; shared (1) - 2013
  • Minor Counties Championship (7) – 1907, 1934, 1937, 1948, 1949, 1960, 1964
Other honours
  • Refuge Cup (1) – 1988
  • Lambert and Butler Floodlit Competition (1) – 1981[3]

Earliest cricket in Lancashire

The earliest known reference to cricket being played in Lancashire is in 1781.[4]

In 1816, the Manchester Cricket Club was founded and soon became representative of Lancashire as a county in the same way that Sheffield Cricket Club and Nottingham Cricket Club represented Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. On 23–25 July 1849, the Sheffield and Manchester clubs played each other at Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield but the fixture was called “Yorkshire versus Lancashire”. As such, it was the first match to involve a Lancashire county team and also, therefore, the first "Roses Match". Yorkshire won by five wickets.

In 1857, the Manchester club moved to Old Trafford, which has been the home of Lancashire cricket ever since.[5]

History of the county club


In 1864, the leading members of the [5]

Johnny Briggs played for Lancashire between 1879 and 1900 and is the only player to have scored 10,000 runs and taken 1,000 wickets for the club.

The new club’s first county match was played in 1865 at Old Trafford against Middlesex; Lancashire won the match by 62 runs, although Middlesex bowler V. E. Walker took all ten wickets in Lancashire’s second innings. The early Lancashire side was reliant upon amateurs, which led to problems; although they were happy to play at Old Trafford, they were less willing to travel to away fixtures. During the early 1870s, the team was dominated by Monkey Hornby’s batting. The team’s standard of cricket improved with the arrival of two professional players, Dick Barlow and Alex Watson. The impact of Barlow and Hornby was such that their batting partnership was immortalised in the poem At Lord’s by Francis Thompson. The team was further enhanced by A. G. Steel – an amateur considered second only to W. G. Grace as the country’s best all rounder – Johnny Briggs – a professional from Sutton-in-Ashfield and the only player to score 10,000 runs and take 1,000 wickets for Lancashire – and wicket-keeper Dick Pilling – who in 1891 was rated by Wisden as the second-best wicket-keeper in the world behind Jack Blackham. As Lancashire’s consistency improved, so did their support: in 1878, 28,000 over three days watched Lancashire play Gloucestershire.[6]

Early successes

The club’s first success came in 1879, when the majority of the cricket press – except for Wisden – agreed that Lancashire and Nottinghamshire were joint champions. Lancashire was the champion county in 1881 and again shared the title with Nottinghamshire in 1882.[6][6]

Dick Barlow carried his bat for just 5 not out in Lancashire’s total of 69 in two and a half hours against Nottinghamshire on a treacherous, rain-affected Trent Bridge pitch in July 1882.[7] Barlow and his longtime opening partner Hornby are the opening batsmen immortalised in the famous poem by Francis Thompson.[8] In 1884, Old Trafford became the second ground, after The Oval, to stage a Test match in England. Though it rained on the first day, 12,000 spectators attended on the second;[9] the match between England and Australia resulted in a draw.[10]

Controversy emerged during the 1880s; 1899 and has not been bettered by Lancashire.[9] The club shared the title of champions with Surrey in 1889.[6]

A 1908 cigarette card of Archie MacLaren who captained the club from 1894 to 1896 and holds the record for the highest first-class score by an Englishman.

The County Championship was founded in 1890, and champions were decided by points rather than the press as had happened previously. Lancashire was one of the eight founding teams of the championship along with Gloucestershire, Kent, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire.[11] The team was runner up in 1890 and 1891. Archie MacLaren was appointed captain in 1894, four years after making his debut whilst still captain of Harrow. In 1895 MacLaren made his record breaking innings of 424 against Somerset at Taunton; his innings remained the highest first-class score for an Englishman, was the first first-class quadruple century, and was the highest score in first-class cricket until Bill Ponsford scored 429 in February 1923. Again, Lancashire was runner up in 1895, despite Arthur Mold taking 192 wickets in the season, a feat bettered only twice for the club. The current pavilion was constructed in 1895 and cost £10,000 (£1,030,000 in 2016);[12] it replaced the earlier pavilion, dating from 1857 when Old Trafford was originally built.[9]

Lancashire won its first county championship in 1897, a productive bowling attack made up of Johnny Briggs, Willis Cuttell, Albert Hallam, and Arthur Mold took 420 wickets between them. In 1898 Lancashire bought the ground and some adjoining land from the de Traffords for £24,732 (£2,460,000 in 2016).[12] In 1902, amateur and professional players began walking onto the field side by side in a break with tradition. Lancashire won its second championship title in 1904, going undefeated throughout the season; Wisden described the season as “the brightest in the history of Lancashire cricket”. That season, James Hallows completed the feat of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in the season. During the late 1900s and early 1910s, players such as Walter Brearley, Harry Dean, and Bill Huddleston were the mainstays of Lancashire bowling. The club began to experience financial problems during this same period; the increased popularity of other sports was blamed for the dip in attendances. In 1914, Lancashire sank to its lowest position of eleventh, whilst during World War I the pavilion was used by the Red Cross and 1,800 patients were treated there.[9]

The golden era

After the war Lancashire developed a very strong batting side, including

  • Official club site
  • CricketArchive
  • Lancashire County Cricket Club on Twitter

External links

  • H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
  • Lancashire CCC Yearbook – various editions
  • Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
  • Lancashire: Every Day of the Year – a chronological record of facts, figures and trivia

Further reading

  1. ^ [2]
  2. ^ Playfair Cricket Annual, 2008 edition, p.56.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Bowen, p.266.
  5. ^ a b "LCCC Origins". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d "LCCC Early Years 1865–1879". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, July 1882". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 21 October 2007.
  8. ^ "A profile of Dick Barlow". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 21 October 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d "The Growth of Lancashire Cricket". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  10. ^ "Test Matches played on Old Trafford, Manchester (73)". Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c "A brief history of the County Championship". Cricinfo. October 2006.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  12. ^ a b c UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2015), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  13. ^ "Lancashire’s Golden Era". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  14. ^ a b "Lancashire’s Hat-Trick of Championships". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  15. ^ "A colossus with bad knees". Cricinfo. 28 July 2006.  Retrieved on 21 October 2007.
  16. ^ "LCCC's Post War Years". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  17. ^ "LCCC's First Professional Captain". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  18. ^ a b "One Day Wonders". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  19. ^ a b c Cricinfo staff (18 September 2007). "Lancashire on the brink of history". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  20. ^ "Team of the Nineties". Lancashire 
  21. ^ a b "Watkinson accepts new Lancs role". BBC Online. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  22. ^ "Into the New Millennium". Lancashire  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  23. ^ a b Martin Searby (25 October 2004). "Best forgotten". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  24. ^ Martin Searby (15 July 2004). "Basic setbacks". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  25. ^ a b   Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  26. ^ Andy Wilson (17 November 2004). "Red Rose regroups around Chilton". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  27. ^ "The County Championship Match Results 1864–2004". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  28. ^ Andrew McGlashan (26 September 2005). "Review of the season". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  29. ^ "Age-old problem". Cricinfo. November 2005.  Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  30. ^ Cricinfo staff (9 November 2006). "Skipper to continue at Old Trafford: Lancashire re-appoint Chilton as captain". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  31. ^ a b Cricinfo staff (22 September 2007). "'The best County Championship season ever'". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  32. ^ Cricinfo staff (18 October 2007). "Chilton steps down as Lancashire captain". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  33. ^ Cricinfo staff (14 November 2007). "Lancashire name Law as captain". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  34. ^ Cricinfo staff (13 October 2008). "ICL a factor as Lancashire release Law". Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  35. ^ Cricinfo staff (14 August 2008). "Law fumes over Cork's exit". Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  36. ^ Cricinfo staff (11 February 2009). "Peter Moores appointed Lancashire coach". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  37. ^ "England captain Pietersen resigns". BBC Online. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  38. ^ "Lancs to stay at Old Trafford". Manchester Evening News.  Retrieved on 27 January 2007.
  39. ^ "Old Trafford redevelopment plans". Lancashire CCC.  Retrieved on 27 January 2007
  40. ^ LCCC news story
  41. ^ The Enquirer news story
  42. ^ a b c Cricinfo staff (16 February 2007). "Lancashire hit record profit". Cricinfo.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  43. ^ "County cricket faces financial woes". BBC Sport. 8 April 2011.  Retrieved on 11 April 2011.
  44. ^ "County champions Lancashire announce £2.1m loss". BBC Sport. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  45. ^ "Most Runs in an Innings for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  46. ^ "Most Runs in a Season for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  47. ^ "Most Wickets in an Innings for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  48. ^ "Most Wickets in a Match for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  49. ^ "Most Wickets in a Season for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  50. ^ "Most Victims in an Innings for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  51. ^ "Most Victims in a Season for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.
  52. ^ "Most first class runs in career for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  53. ^ "Most first class wickets in career for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  54. ^ "Highest Team Totals for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 12 November 2007.
  55. ^ "Highest Team Totals against Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 12 November 2007.
  56. ^ "Lowest Team Totals for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 12 November 2007.
  57. ^ "Chapple & Hogg bowl out hosts for 20". Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  58. ^ "Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Lancashire". Cricket Archive.  Retrieved on 17 October 2007.


  1. ^ An unofficial seasonal title sometimes proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted. Although there are ante-dated claims prior to 1873, when residence qualifications were introduced, it is only since that ruling that any quasi-official status can be ascribed.


See also

Wicket[58] Score Batting partners Opposition Venue City Year
1st 368 Archie MacLaren & Reggie Spooner Gloucestershire Aigburth Liverpool 1903
2nd 371 Frank Watson & Ernest Tyldesley Surrey Old Trafford Manchester 1928
3rd 501 Alviro Petersen & Ashwell Prince Glamorgan Penrhyn Avenue Colwyn Bay 2015
4th 358 Stephen Titchard & Graham Lloyd Essex County Ground Chelmsford 1996
5th 360 Stuart Law & Carl Hooper Warwickshire Edgbaston Birmingham 2003
6th 278 Jack Iddon & Henry Butterworth Sussex Old Trafford Manchester 1932
7th 248 Graham Lloyd & Ian Austin Yorkshire Headingley Leeds 1997
8th 158 John Lyon & Bob Ratcliffe Warwickshire Old Trafford Manchester 1979
9th 142 Les Poidevin & Alexander Kermode Sussex The Saffrons Eastbourne 1907
10th 173 Johnny Briggs & Dick Pilling Surrey Aigburth Liverpool 1885

Partnership record for each wicket

Lowest Total Against[57] – 20 by Essex at County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford, Chelmsford 2013

Lowest Total For[56] – 25 v Derbyshire at Old Trafford, Manchester 1871

Highest Total Against[55] – 707-9d by Surrey at The Oval, London 1990

Highest Total For[54] – 863 v Surrey at The Oval, London 1990

Team totals

Player Information
Most victims in innings[50] 1. Bill Farrimond
2. Warren Hegg
7 v Kent at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1930
7 v Derbyshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield in 1989
Most victims in season[51] 1. George Duckworth
2. Geoff Clayton
97 in 1928
92 in 1962
Player Information
Best bowling (innings)[47] 1. William Hickton
2. Johnny Briggs
3. Bob Berry
10–46 v Hampshire at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1870
10–55 v Worcestershire at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1900
10–102 v Worcestershire at Stanley Park, Blackpool in 1953
Best bowling (match)[48] 1. Harry Dean
2. Walter Brearley
3. Harry Dean
17–91 v Yorkshire at Aigburth, Liverpool in 1913
17–137 v Somerset at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1905
16–103 v Somerset at Recreation Ground, Bath in 1910
Most wickets in season[49] 1. Ted McDonald
2. Cecil Parkin
3. Arthur Mold
198 in 1925
194 in 1924
192 in 1895
Player Information
Highest score[45] 1. Archie MacLaren
2. Neil Fairbrother
3. Eddie Paynter
424 v Somerset at County Ground, Taunton in 1895
366 v Surrey at The Oval, London in 1990
322 v Sussex at County Ground, Hove in 1937
Most runs in season[46] 1. Johnny Tyldesley
2. Eddie Paynter
3. Charlie Hallows
2,633 in 1901
2,626 in 1937
2,564 in 1928

Player records



No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
7 Liam Livingstone  England (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 Right-handed Right arm leg break
14 Karl Brown*  England (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 Right-handed Right arm medium pace
21 Luis Reece*  England (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 Left-handed Left arm medium pace
23 Haseeb Hameed  England (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 Right-handed Right arm leg break
73 Alviro Petersen   South Africa (1980-11-25) 25 November 1980 Right-handed Right arm off break Kolpak registration
2 Luke Procter  England (1988-06-14) 14 June 1988 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
3 Glen Chapple  England (1974-01-23) 23 January 1974 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Assistant coach
15 Steven Croft*  England (1984-10-11) 11 October 1984 Right-handed Right arm off break Vice-captain
16 Jordan Clark  England (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 Right-handed Right arm medium pace
24 Tom Smith*  England (1985-12-26) 26 December 1985 Left-handed Right arm medium-fast Club captain
Danny Lamb  England (1995-09-07) 7 September 1995 Right-handed Right arm medium pace
6 Jos Buttler   England (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 Right-handed England central contract
17 Alex Davies  England (1994-08-23) 23 August 1994 Right-handed
4 Stephen Parry  England (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
8 Tom Bailey  England (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
9 James Anderson  England (1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 Left-handed Right arm fast-medium England central contract
10 Simon Kerrigan  England (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
11 Nathan Buck  England (1991-04-26) 26 April 1991 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
18 Gavin Griffiths  England (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
19 Arron Lilley  England (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 Right-handed Right arm off break
22 George Edwards  England (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
25 Saqib Mahmood  England (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
27 Kyle Jarvis   Zimbabwe (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Kolpak registration
28 Matthew Parkinson  England (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 Right-handed Right arm leg break
Toby Lester  England (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 Left-handed Left arm fast-medium
  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.

Current squad


Lancashire County Cricket Club has a record of strong finances which has been attributed to several factors including its diverse facilities and having the largest membership in the country.[42] The Old Trafford Lodge is a hotel which is part of the ground and the ground has been used for conference facilities and has staged music concerts. Another source of income is opening the ground's car park during Manchester United F.C.'s home matches.[42] Between 2004 and 2006, the club made record profits, each year getting progressively better and in 2006 recorded a profit of £747,370.[42] While in 2009 more than half of the 18 counties were in profit, 15 in 2010 experienced financial losses, Lancashire included. The total losses of the 18 counties amounted to over £9 million.[43] Lancashire suffered losses of £2.1 million for 2010, primarily because of the club's investment in rebuilding Old Trafford, particularly the construction of The Point. The absence of Test cricket and legal action related to the ground's redevelopment also contributed to the financial loss.[44]


In recent years, the club has considered moving to a new ground, with sites in east Manchester and Wigan discussed,[38] but following a long period of discussions and rumours the club decided to remain at Old Trafford, which it hopes to redevelop.[39] The need for an improved ground was highlighted when Old Trafford lost out to Cardiff as a venue for the 2009 Ashes, much to the disappointment of cricket fans in the region.[40] A financial plan is awaited for the redevelopment, costed at £30 million.[41] Lancashire matches are also played at Stanley Park, Blackpool and Liverpool Cricket Club.

Since its formation Lancashire has played its home matches at Old Trafford, located in Stretford, to the west of Manchester city centre. Old Trafford is one of the largest cricket venues in the United Kingdom, and has played host to international matches since 1884.

The ground's main entrance


In 2007, although they led the table before the final round of matches, Lancashire were again runners-up in the County Championship. After being knocked out of the Twenty20 competition in the group states and performing poorly in the other one-day competitions early in the season, supporters started to become discontented with the captain and coach.[19] Sussex ended up winning the title as Lancashire lost their final match of the competition against Surrey. Chris Adams, the Sussex captain, said "you played well, you had a hard season, there's no shame in your performance and you nearly did it".[31] After the match against Surrey, Chilton was in tears and said "I'm extremely proud of what our guys have achieved though. As captain I'm privileged to have seen the efforts they have put in. To get close to our target was a phenomenal effort but the lads are just broken. Our players have risen to an almighty challenge and to come so close is an enormous effort".[31] After three years as captain, Mark Chilton stepped down in October 2007 and was replaced by Stuart Law who is the most successful captain in Australian domestic cricket.[32][33] However his captaincy lasted for just one season, and Lancashire again failed to claim any silverware. At the end of the season Law and veteran player Cork were released,[34][35] with Chapple replacing Law as captain. In December 2008, Watkinson's job as cricket manager was changed to that of director of cricket – a job which would focus solely on aspects of cricket, rather than the traditional all-encompassing job of general team management. The move was explained by the club chairman as an effort to modernise.[21] In February 2009, it was announced that Peter Moores – who had been sacked as England coach the previous month – would be Lancashire's new coach and had a three-year contract.[36][37] In 2011 Chapple and Moores took Lancashire to their first outright first-class county championship title since 1934, although they had shared the title with Surrey in 1950. Despite being reigning champions in 2012, Lancashire had a poor season and were relegated to the Second Division. In 2013 they bounced straight back to Division 1 by winning the second division championship with a game to spare. They were once again relegated to Division 2 on the last day of the 2014 season after failing to win a tightly fought game against Middlesex. Ashley Giles (formerly of Warwickshire and England) was appointed as Director of Cricket and Head Coach after Mike Watkinson stepped down from the role in October 2014.

Lancashire were promoted back to the first division of the county championship in 2005, winning the second division title in the process. They stayed up in the National League, progressed to the finals' day of the Twenty20 Cup and were knocked out in the semi-final of the C&G Trophy.[28] Despite winning the second division title, there were concerns that the squad may have been getting too old and that there were limited opportunities for the younger players. Of Lancashire's performance over the season, Watkinson said "I was not happy about our batting and, although we have achieved what we set out to do – get promoted – our performance left a lot to be desired".[29] Lancashire are one of three teams, along with Middlesex and Surrey, never to have finished bottom in the County Championship.[11] On their return to the first division in the 2006 season, Lancashire finished second in the Championship. They also finished as runners-up in the NatWest Trohpy.[30]

Old Trafford in 2007, before the ground was renovated.

In 2004, Lancashire were relegated to the second division of the County Championship for the first time since the competition was restructured into two divisions.[23] This was despite starting the season as the bookmarkers' favourite to win the competition. At one point in the season, the team was without eight bowlers, with [23] The squad underwent changes, with six players leaving – including Martin and Chris Schofield – and six joining, as well as a change of captain from wicket-keeper Warren Hegg to batsman Mark Chilton;[25] Chilton was the club's first Yorkshire-born captain.[26] Between 1864 and 2004, Lancashire played 2,790 matches, winning 1,034, losing 583, drawing 1,170, with three tied matches. In this period, no other team had drawn more matches. The team's percentage of wins was 37.06%, third behind Yorkshire (44.05%) and Surrey (39.74%).[27]

2003 was a promising year, and Lancashire were genuine contenders for the county championship. Mark Chilton, Carl Hooper and Mal Loye all scored over 1,000 runs and Stuart Law was player of the year with 1,820 runs. Altogether, 28 championship centuries were scored for Lancashire, the second highest total in a season for the club. Gary Keedy was lead wicket taker with 60 wickets, supported by Martin and Chapple who took 41 and 49 respectively. They were promoted from the second division of the National League, lost in the semi-final of the C&G Trophy, and finished second in the county championship.[22]

The team that had been so successful in the 1990s began to break up at the start of the 2000s. Since winning their last trophy in 1998, the team has lost eight semi-finals and two finals.[19] In 2008 Lancashire managed to finish second in the County Championship. The competition was divided into two divisions for the 2000 season, with Lancashire in the first division.[11] Lancashire's one day form began to fluctuate in 2000, losing to Gloucestershire in the semi-finals of both the B&H Cup and the NatWest Trophy, and being relegated in the National League. In 2001, Lancashire avoided relegation by just 5 points and were not promoted in the National League. The end of the season saw the retirement of Ian Austin from first-class cricket and of Mike Atherton from all forms of cricket. John Crawley left the club in the winter after not being retained as captain. Between 2001 and 2002 saw the squad change significantly, with players recruited from Essex, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, and Yorkshire; the most notable additions to the squad were Stuart Law and David Byas – the Yorkshire captain of the previous season. After a quiet 2001 season – finishing mid-table in the county championship and again failing to secure promotion in the National League – 2002 was far more encouraging. Mike Watkinson was appointed cricket manager,[21] and Stuart Law and Alec Swann both scored over 1,000 first-class runs and Peter Martin and Glen Chapple both took more than 50 wickets; the find of the season was that of James Anderson, who burst onto the scene with 50 wickets in the second half of the season, earning him a promotion to the England side. At the end of the season, Lancashire stalwarts Neil Fairbrother and Graham Lloyd retired.

New century

In 1990, Lancashire won 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 narrowly missed out on a treble, finishing runners-up in the Sunday League. Lancashire's consistency continued, and the team finished second in the Sunday League and B&H Cup. Paul Allott and Graeme Fowler were released at the end of the 1992 season. The team lost the B&H final to Derbyshire in 1993. In 1994, young bowlers Peter Martin and Glen Chapple took 50 wickets each. The batting too looked promising, with John Crawley scoring two double centuries and Jason Gallian steadily improving. In 1995, Lancashire again won the Benson & Hedges Cup. In 1996, Lancashire again won the double of the NatWest Trophy and Benson & Hedges Cup. In 1998, with Wasim Akram as captain, Lancashire won the NatWest Trophy and Axa League, and finished second in the championship despite losing only five games in all competitions throughout the season. Apart from the National League second division title in 2003, this was the last time Lancashire won a trophy.[19] 1999 was an eventful year for Lancashire with the debut of Muttiah Muralitharan, the departure of coach Dav Whatmore after just two years with the club and again the team finished second in the championship and won the National League.[20]

It wasn’t until 1984, under the captaincy of John Abrahams, that the club won more silverware, this time in the Benson & Hedges Cup. Despite a resurgence in limited overs matches, Lancashire finished in the bottom six of the county championship. After suffering defeat in the final of the 1986 Nat West Trophy, David Hughes was appointed captain. Towards the end of the 1980s, Lancashire’s side began to develop, with Graeme Fowler and Gehan Mendis building a productive opening partnership, while David Hughes and Neil Fairbrother provided support in the middle order. The bowlers were led by Patrick Patterson and Paul Allott with support from David Hughes, Mike Watkinson and Jack Simmons. In 1987 after eleven successive years in the bottom six, Lancashire finished second in the championship, their highest position in 27 years. Mike Atherton made his Lancashire debut in 1987 – scoring 600 runs in the second half of the season – and Wasim Akram first played for the team in 1988. Lancashire defeated Worcestershire in the final of the Refuge Cup in 1988. The following year the club won the Sunday League on the last day of the season in 1989 and finished fourth in the championship. At the age of 48, in 1989 Jack Simmons retired after having taken 985 first-class wickets for the county.[18]

Jack Bond became Lancashire captain in 1968 and remained in the position until 1972. During his tenure, Lancashire performed well in the championship, finishing third in 1970 and 1971. His biggest triumph as captain was the five one day trophies he secured during his five-year captaincy. Farokh Engineer joined Lancashire in 1968, and Clive Lloyd joined in 1969; together Lloyd and Engineer helped establish Lancashire as one of the best one day sides in England. The silverware included a hat-trick of Gillette Cups (1970–72) and the Sunday League twice in successive seasons (1969–1970). Mainstays of the successful one day side included Clive Lloyd, David Lloyd, Barry Wood, Harry Pilling, Frank Hayes, Peter Lever, Ken Shuttleworth, David Hughes and Jack Simmons. In the Gillette Cup semi-final against Gloucestershire in 1971, David Hughes walked to the crease at 8.45pm and hit 24 from an over in near darkness to win the match. David Lloyd was captain from 1973 to 1977 and secured Lancashire’s fourth Gillette Cup in 1975, and coming runners up in 1974 and 1976. However, in the late 1970s, the team that had been so dominant in the one day format began to break up. Despite boasting international players such as Lloyd and Engineer, Lancashire’s first-class performances never matched the success of the limited overs team.[18]

Limited-over success

With the retirement of Nigel Howard in 1954, Lancashire appointed its first professional captain, Cyril Washbrook, who would captain the club for the next six years. In 1954 Geoff Pullar, Ken Grieves and Alan Wharton all scored over 2,000 runs, whilst Brian Statham, Ken Higgs and Tommy Greenhough all took over 100 wickets; despite this, Lancashire managed to finish only 5th. Lancashire came close to reclaiming the county championship in 1960 under a new captain, Bob Barber. Five batsmen scored more than 1,000 runs in the season, and Statham, Higgs and Greenhough all took over 100 wickets; Lancashire finished runner up due to a poor run of form towards the end of the season: losing four and drawing two of the last six matches after topping the table in August. The following year, however, Lancashire dropped to 13th, due in part to Barber’s inexperience and Statham’s and Geoff Pullar’s England commitments. Things declined further in 1962, under the leadership of Joe Blackledge, who had had no previous first-class experience, as Lancashire dropped to second last, winning only two matches. After a period of unrest, Brian Statham was appointed captain between 1965 and 1967 and Lancashire’s results improved. Statham retired in 1968 with 1,816 first-class wickets, a record for the club.[17]

When play began in 1946, after World War II, things started badly for Lancashire when the captain and veteran player, Jack Iddon, was killed in a car accident just before the start of the season. Jack Fallows stood in as captain for the season. His successor, Ken Cranston, was an unusual choice as he had no prior first-class experience; despite this his captaincy was not unsuccessful as Lancashire finished third and fifth during his two years in charge. In 1947 Cyril Washbrook and Winston Place both scored over 2,500 runs and scored 19 centuries between them. Washbrook’s benefit took place in August 1948 and was watched by 50,000 people; he received £14,000 (£450,000 in 2016),[12] beating the previous record by over £10,000. Despite finishing 11th in 1949, in 1950 – under the captaincy of Nigel Howard – Lancashire shared the county championship with Surrey, winning 16 matches; Roy Tattersall and Malcolm Hilton claimed nearly 300 wickets between them. The 1950 season marked the emergence of Brian Statham. In the following three seasons, Lancashire finished third each time.[16]

Post war

Under the captaincy of Peter Eckersley, Lancashire finished second in the championship in 1929 and reclaimed the title in 1930, with ten victories and no defeats that season. After four titles in five seasons, the early 1930s saw a number of retirements including McDonald and Dick Tyldesley in 1931 and Ernest Tyldesley in 1935: no Lancashire batsman has matched Tyldesley’s 100 centuries in first-class cricket. Lancashire won the championship outright for the last time in 1934, the same year that Len Hopwood performed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets (a feat he repeated in 1935) and Cyril Washbrook began to work his way into the team. The captain, Peter Eckersley, retired in 1935 to become an MP. The later half of the 1930s was a period of rebuilding up until the war, with the opening partnership of Cyril Washbrook and Eddie Paynter the highlight.[14] Paynter scored 322 in five hours for Lancashire against Sussex in 1937 having come down on the sleeper train from the victorious Old Trafford Test against New Zealand. He put on 268 in 155 minutes with Cyril Washbrook and celebrated his innings that evening at Brighton's Ice Palace.[15]


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