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Steven Croft signs new Lancashire contract

Steven Croft signs new Lancashire contract

Lancashire Cricket is thrilled to announce long-serving all-rounder Steven Croft has signed a new two-year contract with the Club.

The 35-year-old extends his stay at Emirates Old Trafford following a productive season in which he was the second-highest run-scorer in the Royal London One-Day Cup and helped Lancashire secure promotion back to Specsavers County Championship Division One.

Croft, who was awarded his Lancashire Testimonial year in 2018, was also an ever-present in the 2019 Vitality Blast, equalling his career-best in scoring 94 against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

It will take Croft’s Lancashire career into a 16th season, with his First-Class debut coming against Oxford University in 2005. He joined the Club’s Academy in 2003 and was among the first players to graduate through to professional cricket.

He has amassed 168 First-Class, 145 List A and 168 T20 appearances for the Club, and is Lancashire’s all-time leading appearance maker in T20 cricket since debuting in 2006.

And he will also continue to work with the Academy and age-group sides in a coaching role. Croft is a Level 4 coach, the highest certificate awarded by the ECB.

Commenting on his new deal, Croft said: “I am over the moon to have signed another contract with Lancashire. It is an incredibly special place for me and I can’t wait for the new season to come round, my 16th as a professional.

“It means everything to represent the Red Rose. I still get a huge sense of pride whenever I play and I know I have plenty left to give on the field. The desire to perform for this Club remains as strong as ever.

“At this stage of my career, whilst I feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer as a player, to have the chance to further my coaching experience by working with the Club’s Academy and age-group sides, is something that is very important to me.”

Croft will forever be remembered for hitting the winning runs in the 2011 County Championship win and also led the side to a maiden T20 title as captain back in 2015.

A key figure at number three in the Royal London One-Day Cup, Croft scored 516 runs at a lofty average of 73.71, including a century against Notts Outlaws and scores of 99 & 97 against Durham and Yorkshire respectively.

Lancashire Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We are thrilled to have Steven on board for another two years. His performances last season more than merited another contract and he was a central part of our squad in all formats. He is an extremely versatile player and responded well last year when called upon in different roles within the team.”

“There is no one more passionate about the Red Rose, and his extensive experience will help to guide the younger lads in the changing room as well as working with our Academy and age-group players, as he continues to gain further coaching experience.”

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