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Lancashire County Cricket Club 2016: Season Review

Lancashire County Cricket Club 2016: Season Review

On the surface, the 2016 campaign has not been a roaring success for Lancashire.

Not being able to reach either of the limited overs quarter-finals and finishing in the lower reaches of the Specsavers County Championship Division One, results could have certainly been better.

Hopes were raised after an impressive start to the four-day campaign, which saw Steven Croft’s men win three out of their first five matches and take the early lead in the title race.

They were also aiming to become the first ever county to defend the NatWest T20 Blast title, but that failed to materialise.

But, delve a bit deeper and things start to become much, much brighter.

At the start of the year, the main aim was for the Red Rose to retain their Division One status after relegation in 2012 and 2014.

Yes, the season may have tailed off, with injuries and unavailability also taking their toll, but top-flight status was retained.

In beating Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Surrey, and later dominating a draw against the defending champions Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford, this group of players demonstrated that they can compete and thrive at the top of the English game.

Now, the challenge is for them to do it for a much longer period.

Ashley Giles and his coaching staff also blooded and developed a handful of young players who look to have big futures in the game, most notably opening batsman Haseeb Hameed.

The 19-year-old smashed a number of records in scoring 1,000 Championship runs in his first full year of first-team cricket, earning an England Test call-up for next month’s series in Bangladesh in the process.

He became the first ever teenaged opener in the history of the County Championship to score four hundreds in a season, two of which came in the home draw with Yorkshire last month.

He also became the youngest Lancastrian to post two hundreds in the same match against any opponent, he became the first to do it against Yorkshire and only the third for either side in that particular fixture.

The right-hander also became the youngest ever to post two hundreds in a first-class match played in England.

It is fair to assume that he will be on that stage in front of you at some point this evening.

Giles has handed Championship debuts to four homegrown youngsters this year; Rob Jones, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Parkinson.

And Jones, Livingstone and Parkinson all went on to either score hundreds or take a five-for at some point during the campaign.

Mahmood, meanwhile, graduated through to play one-day cricket for the England Lions this summer.

Livingstone impressed, particularly early on, in his first season of first-class cricket, and the Cumbrian batsman earned himself an England Lions one-day call along with praise from Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale, who described him as one of the domestic game’s brightest talents.

Leg-spinner Parkinson took his five-for against Warwickshire in the mid-season draw here at Emirates Old Trafford, while Jones opened the batting in the draw against leaders Middlesex a couple of weeks ago and led the recovery from 6-4 in reply to 327 with an exceptional century.

Securing the draw proved to be a vital result in the final reckonings as Lancashire preserved their Division One status.

The more experienced quartet of Kyle Jarvis, overseas bowler Neil Wagner, Alviro Petersen and Luke Procter all contributed significantly.

Petersen topped 1,000 Championship runs and Jarvis 50 wickets.

Captain Steven Croft deserves plenty of praise for taking on the wicketkeeping role for almost half of the season following injuries for regular glovemen Alex Davies and Jos Buttler.

Despite defeat, the nail-biting clash with Durham at Southport in July will take some beating for drama and excitement, with Lancashire almost pulling off a win which would have made the final few months of the campaign much more comfortable.

frank pedigrew

yeh if the Keaton Jennings story is true then that would be a great signing for lancs its just depends on his commitment to durham and to durham doing well. I do think a overseas bowler would be good and also a keeper like you said. Brooke Guest will do, just someone who might not play every game but is there if there is an injury to davies. if we don't get Jennings then we still need a top order batsman. There is also questions about Petersen and his future. if he leaves then we might need someone else to replace him aswell as well as the top order batsman signing. I also think we need the same team to be selected again and again instead of players coming in and out of the side for the championship team. we also need a different side for the t20 so it gives a opportunity to other players and means that the players like Jarvis can put their feet up after a long 4 days in a championship game, And then can be fresh for the next game. Also I think a few other domestic signings would help aswell especially bowlers as 3 have left already.

John Traynor

Next season there is likely to be no Petersen (returms to South Afrca), hardly any Anderson (rested between tests), hardly any Butler (IPL and England), less Hameed (tests) and not much Smith (ongoing fitness issues).


From Chris Ostick's end of season review:
"If Durham's relegation and money worries free up Keaton Jennings from his new contract, he has to be Lancashire's No.1 target."
Rumours pretty strong that there is a relegation clause in his contract. But Durham players will no doubt wish to rally behind Collingwood and their supporters to defy the ECB.
Another priority has to be who has the gloves? Jos Buttler will be IPL then Champions Trophy then rest. Seems Lancs will never have Buttler and Anderson! Dependent upon the long term recovery of Alex Davies, if his support, or indeed the answer, is Brooke Guest, you'd expect it to be a simple announcement.

frank pedigrew

I agree so many players available for us to sign what about santokie from the west indies as a koplak player and Hamish Rutherford from new Zealand as a overseas player or even koplak player. And a load of county players like Recordo Gordon, Chesney Hughes just examples of quite a lot of players that are available. our squad Is a good squad full of a lot of promising youngsters: lester, hameed, jones, Parkinson, Mahmood all players that have come through in the last few years from the academy. We just need some quality to add to our youth, but if we don't then we will be in a similar position next year. we don't need to go mad with signings but we need to add some quality to improve the squad.

Frank Lennon

This analysis is fine for public consumption, but if it represents the sum total of the thinking at the club we will be in desperate trouble again next season.


"Despite defeat, the nail-biting clash with Durham at Southport in July will take some beating for drama and excitement, with Lancashire almost pulling off a win" .... Interesting and honest comments on Radio 5 Live last night. Totally agree. Thank You, not that I would expect otherwise.

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