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New roles for Mark Chilton and Karl Krikken

New roles for Mark Chilton and Karl Krikken

Mark Chilton takes up role as Performance Director and Assistant Coach

Lancashire Cricket can confirm that Mark Chilton has taken up a new role as Performance Director which he will combine with his current position as Assistant Coach, whilst Derbyshire’s former Director of Cricket, Karl Krikken, has been named Performance Manager.

Working with Director of Cricket Paul Allott, Academy Director Gary Yates, Performance Manager Stephen Titchard (U14-U19s) and the newly appointed Karl Krikken as U10-13s Performance Manager, Chilton will establish an informative link to Head Coach Glen Chapple on the suitability of players for the Lancashire First Team.

Chilton’s new role, which starts with immediate effect, will be key in providing a consistent approach in identifying home-grown talent, progressing them through the Club’s system including the Academy and preparing players for a successful career as a professional cricketer.

The 42-year-old, who played almost 200 First Class matches for the Red Rose, has been part of the coaching staff since returning to the Club as Second XI Coach in 2014, before being named Assistant Coach in January 2017. He will continue to support Head Coach Glen Chapple in the preparation and coaching of the First Team playing staff throughout the season.

Director of Cricket, Paul Allott said, “Mark will provide Glen and rest of the coaching staff with the ultimate finishing school for prospective members of the professional playing squad.

“Throughout the season, he will maintain contact with the Club’s best young talent and influence the development of all pathway players into and within the First Team environment. He will do this, whilst still having a very important role within the professional squad as the Club looks to develop a more flexible coaching structure. Mark’s new role enables us to do exactly that throughout the season.

“There is a vast array of talent throughout the age group sides, and that has been shown in the success of the Lancashire sides from U10-19 level in 2018. We want to ensure those players with the right attitude and ability fulfil their potential with the Club.”

Speaking about his new role, Mark Chilton added, “I am very passionate about providing a pathway and a passage for Lancashire’s most talented young players.

“This Club has a proud tradition of bringing through young, local talent into the First Team here at Lancashire and I hope that by working in this role, I can help to identify and develop our most talented cricketers and prepare them for the rigours of professional cricket.

“I look forward to continuing my strong working relationships with Paul Allott, Glen Chapple and Gary Yates whilst forming new ones with Stephen Titchard, Karl Krikken, the County Age Group coaches and the players themselves throughout the Lancashire Cricket pathway and system.”

Krikken has worked as Lead Coach in the Indoor Cricket Centre at Emirates Old Trafford for the past year, as well as assisting in Lancashire Cricket’s Talent ID programme. He will work closely with Gary Yates, Stephen Titchard and Mark Chilton in his new role as Performance Manager. Krikken will also support the Club’s First Team coaching staff when required throughout the season.

The Bolton-born wicket keeper enjoyed a 17-year playing career for Derbyshire where he was also named Club vice-captain. He went on to take on the role of Academy Director, Second XI Coach and was then named Head Coach of Derbyshire in May 2011. In his first full season in charge, he led Derbyshire to promotion to Division One of the County Championship.

Since 2014, Karl has worked for various county clubs and the ECB as a coach, scout and assessor – winning the ECB National Cricket Coach of the Year award in 2014. Krikken has previously assisted with coaching of the Lancashire Cricket Academy and was the Lancashire U14s Head Coach last year.

Karl Krikken commented: “I‘m really excited about the opportunity to take on the role as Performance Manager at Lancashire Cricket.

“The Club’s age group and pathway system is one of the best in the country and there are some fantastically talented young cricketers in our ranks.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the Club’s age-group coaches and the players and help produce the next crop of players, both boys and girls, for the Red Rose.”

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