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Statement: Lancashire Cricket Club

Statement: Lancashire Cricket Club

Statement: Lancashire Cricket Club

Lancashire Cricket Club Chairman David Hodgkiss OBE has commented following the team’s relegation from the Specsavers County Championship Division 1.

“As Club Chairman, I speak for myself and fellow Board members when we say we are clearly disappointed with the outcome of this year’s County Championship season,” said Hodgkiss.

Lancashire were relegated after finishing on the same points as Nottinghamshire and above bottom-placed Worcestershire, but having won one less game than the Trent Bridge side.

“It is a tough blow for our Members and supporters too, who rightly have higher expectations of what they believe we should be achieving.

"At the end it was immensely close having finished on the same points as Notts, and clearly this is as a result of inconsistencies in our performance during the season.

“We will categorically learn from this summer and demonstrate to everyone what this Club is capable of and what it can achieve, and the process of assessment has already started and will remain on-going throughout the off-season.”

Relegation came despite the likes of Tom Bailey and Graham Onions taking 64 and 57 wickets respectively, and finishing amongst the top bowlers in the country.

“I have been encouraged by the early conversations we have had about the plans for the winter, the victory in the final match of the season and the performances from our bowlers across the year, which are all supported by the developing age-group teams and cricket pathway, and the successful development and performances of our young players coming through into the first team,” added the Chairman.

Lancashire’s age group teams had strong seasons with the U19s winning the prestigious Six Counties competition, the U17s reaching their National Final and other age groups celebrating festival wins.

“There are extremely fine margins in Division 1. We believe that Lancashire, with its history, legacy and resources should be competing at the highest level of the game, and this means promotion next year and vying for the Championship the year after.

“We accept that in order to achieve this we have to perform to an appropriate level and more consistently in all areas of the game, particularly the batting, and we are determined to achieve and bring success to the Red Rose. This winter we will focus on ensuring that the vision and aims of this great club can progress and be realised, and we will keep the Members and supporters informed of plans for 2019.”

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