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Steven Croft signs new contract with Lancashire

Steven Croft signs new contract with Lancashire

Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce that all-rounder Steven Croft has signed a new one-year contract with the Club, which will include an element of coaching with the Red Rose age-group sides and the Academy throughout the season.

The 34 year-old, who is a qualified (Level 4) ECB Master Coach, joined the Lancashire Cricket Academy back in 2003 and made his First-Class debut two years later. He has played for the Club in every season since and holds an English record of 148 consecutive appearances for Lancashire Lightning in domestic T20 cricket.

Croft has made 165 First-Class, 147 List-A and 173 T20 appearances during his Lancashire career, and was awarded a Testimonial year in 2018 where he raised money for Fylde coast children’s hospice Brian House and the Professional Cricketers Association’s Benevolent Fund.

The Blackpool-born all-rounder wrote his name into Lancashire folklore in 2011 when he hit the winning runs to secure Lancashire’s first County Championship title in 77 years, against Somerset at Taunton. Four years later, he steered his home-county to a maiden T20 Blast title after beating Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Edgbaston in 2015 as stand-in captain. He was then appointed Lancashire’s permanent captain a year later following Tom Smith’s retirement.

Speaking after signing his new contract, Steven Croft, said: “I am extremely proud and excited to extend my stay at this great Club.

“Playing cricket for Lancashire has never been a job to me, but a passion. I could never see myself playing for anyone else. I’m entering my 15th year as a professional at the Club and I want to finish my career as a Lancashire player.

“At this stage of my career, whilst I feel like I’ve got a lot to offer as a player, it’s important that I start looking at opportunities following my playing career, so to have the chance to further my coaching experience while still playing is something that was very important to me.

“I’m really looking forward to the 2019 season and we’re all determined to get promoted back to Division One in the Specsavers County Championship and challenge on both fronts with the white ball.”

Lancashire Head Coach, Glen Chapple, added: “Crofty has been a terrific servant to Lancashire Cricket Club and we’re thrilled he’s signed a new contract.

“We need a balance of youth and experience within the squad and I believe he’s still got a massive part to play for the Club, not only in winning games for Lancashire but also in helping develop our younger players.

“He leads by example and gives everything he’s got for the county and it’s great that he will be helping out with the Club’s age-group sides and Academy as he builds up his coaching experience.”

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