Spe­cial year for skip­per

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LAN­CASHIRE County Cricket Club has con­firmed that cap­tain Steven Croft has been awarded a tes­ti­mo­nial year in 2018.

Croft, who was the first of the Club’s Acad­emy prod­ucts to be given a pro­fes­sional con­tract ahead of his first class de­but in 2005, has made more than 450 ap­pear­ances for the Red Rose side and will go down in Lan­cashire folk­lore as the man who fa­mously hit the win­ning runs to se­cure Cham­pi­onship ti­tle glory for the first time in 77 years against Som­er­set at Taun­ton back in 2011.

The Black­pool-born all-rounder, who has now made an English record 143 con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances for Lan­cashire Light­ning in T20 cricket, was ap­pointed the club’s per­ma­nent skip­per ahead of the 2016 sea­son af­ter be­ing handed the role when Tom Smith stepped down af­ter miss­ing all but one match in 2015.

He had led the Red Rose dur­ing that sea­son as a stand-in cap­tain, and he steered the county to a maiden NatWest T20 Blast ti­tle and pro­mo­tion back to Di­vi­sion One in the County Cham­pi­onship.

Speak­ing this week, Croft said: “It’s a great hon­our for me to be awarded a tes­ti­mo­nial by Lan­cashire CCC. Any­one that knows me will know how much this club, and ev­ery­thing it stands for, means to me, so I’m very hum­bled by this de­ci­sion.

“It has been a dream come true to play for this club.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud to walk out with the Red Rose on my chest and all I want is for Lan­cashire to be suc­cess­ful.

“We’re work­ing hard at the mo­ment to plan a range of events for next year, so I hope the club’s sup­port­ers will be able to come out and en­joy some of what we’ve got planned.”

De­tails of events across the year and the char­i­ties that Croft has cho­sen to back will be an­nounced in due course.

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