Glen Chapple’s thoughts on 2017
Head Coach Glen Chapple shares his thoughts on 2017
Glen Chapple has spoken of an encouraging season for his Lancashire side.
Chapple’s first summer as head coach has seen mixed results.
The Red Rose county finished second in the Specsavers County Championship, their highest finish since winning the title in 2011, but they exited both limited overs competitions at the group stage.
“All in all, we will walk away from the season pretty happy,” said the former all-rounder. “To finish second, we have to be pleased with our efforts.
“I am delighted with the lads' work effort and desire to do well. They will be hungry to improve because, ultimately, all clubs – especially this one – want to win trophies.
“The 50-over competition, if we can take the back half from this year and carry on moving from that, there were some real positives.
“We got off to a slow start, but we won four out of the last five.
“The biggest challenge was the T20 campaign, which got a bit messy for us. Unfortunately, Mahela Jayawardena couldn't come, which was disappointing. But these things happen.”
Make no mistake, Lancashire’s failure to play any knockout cricket was a huge disappointment.
But, given they were nearly relegated in the Championship in 2016, to be second with five wins was a huge plus. After all, they were tipped by many to be relegated this summer.
“We want to help individual players get better,” continued Chapple. “We want to build on what we have with the team. We have three 20-year-olds playing (Parkinson, Hameed, Mahmood).
“Our top four is full of young, homegrown players, all impressive young batters. I don't think we can be questioned on that front.
“You can be pretty sure in the knowledge that any team can win the title next year. Finishing second gives us a huge boost to make that one step forward. But I don’t think for one minute it will just be Lancashire and Essex at the top next year. It could be any of the eight.
“We feel we had the better of both games against Essex, and that shows there is no gulf in class. You get on a roll, and that breeds confidence, and that's what they did..”
Chapple had a busy week last week in terms of player turnover.
Incoming are Durham pair Keaton Jennings and Graham Onions and outgoing are Kyle Jarvis and overseas all-rounder Ryan McLaren.
While Jarvis leaves to resume his international career with Zimbabwe, South African McLaren is 99 percent certain to leave after one season for family reasons.
Given he won the top award at Lancashire’s Player of the Year dinner last night (Tuesday), he will be a big miss in 2018.
“Ryan has been fantastic for us with both bat and ball, and his attitude is unparalleled,” said Chapple. “He is 34, in great shape and looks like he can play for another 10 years.
“He has his family to consider at home, and we have to respect his decision. I have liked Graham for a long time. He is a very high-quality bowler.
“When it came to light Jarv had to leave, I felt we needed to bolster our attack with some proven quality. I don't see that affecting the development of our youngsters. In fact, it will help them.
“Keaton is a young player - very highly rated with good character, leadership experience already. He will help the team in many ways. He is an opening batsman who can bowl. That's a big positive.
“A lot of teams were after him, and he chose Lancashire over them, which is brilliant.”
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