Former Lancashire skipper retires

Mark Chilton
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MARK CHILTON has retired from county cricket after serving Lancashire for 14 years and helping them to this year’s County Championship title.

The batsman joined the Red Rose in 1997 after studying and playing for Durham University. He was awarded his county cap in 2002 and captained the club between 2005 and 2007, which included winning the Second Division Championship.

He was player of the year in 2009.

In 433 matches he amassed a total of 14437 runs which included 26 centuries and 60 half-centuries.- Chilton also took a total of 217 catches.

Chilton said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have represented my county for 14 years.

“It has been a tough decision to retire from the game I love so much but I believe the time is right for me to begin a new chapter in my life.

“I have many great memories from my time in cricket, but being involved in the County Championship winning side this year was without doubt the greatest experience of my professional career.”

Jim Cumbes, Lancashire chief executive, added: “Mark has been a great servant to the club - a hard-working professional who never shirked his duties as player or captain.

“His loyalty and commitment has been immense since he joined us as a youngster. He also carried the responsibility of captaincy for three years. I’m sure he will have other things to offer to the game in his retirement.”