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Chapple retains Lancs captaincy

Glen Chapple
Chapple took 6-18 against Essex in the 1996 NatWest Trophy final

Lancashire have confirmed that all-rounder Glen Chapple will continue as captain for next season.

The 35-year-old, who won the club's player of the year award, replaced Stuart Law as skipper at the start of the campaign.

"It's an honour to be asked to continue as captain of Lancashire for next season," said Chapple.

"Captaincy certainly comes with extra responsibilities, but I believe I've shown it's a role I feel confident in."

He added: "I received great support from head coach Peter Moores and my fellow team-mates this year, and I look forward to leading the squad onto greater achievements next season."

The Skipton-born cricketer joined Lancashire in 1992 and shares the record for the fastest ever first-class century, needing just 27 balls against Glamorgan.

Glen optimises the values and attributes we look for in all players who represent Lancashire

Cricket director Mike Watkinson

He went on to make his one-day international debut against Ireland in June 2006.

But after picking up an abdominal injury he was forced to pull out of the squad to face Sri Lanka and has not played for his country since.

This season, Chapple took 35 championship wickets at an average of 25.25 and scored 390 runs.

"Glen optimises the values and attributes we look for in all players who represent Lancashire," said cricket director Mike Watkinson.

"Glen's contribution to the team and individuals was outstanding.

"Not only is he highly respected by this teammates and the coaching staff, but his on field performances continue to inspire those around him - making him the natural choice for the captaincy."

Head coach Peter Moores believes Chapple is the right man to continue in the role.

"Over the past year we have built a strong relationship and share the same vision for the club, and I look forward to working with Glen next season in his role as captain," he said.

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