Special year for skipper
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.