Meteoric rise from Chorley starlet to Lancashire skipper

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Former Chorley Cricket Club star Tom Smith admits it’s a “dream come true” to captain his county.

Smith, 29, was appointed the first-team captain of Lancashire last week.

The former Parklands and Runshaw College student replaces the evergreen Glen Chapple, who has moved into a player-coach role.

Smith, who features for Lancashire in all three formats of the game, couldn’t contain his excitement after being appointed in the role.

Smith said: “To captain your home county is just unbelievable.

“I grew up watching Lancashire as a youngster so it’s an added bonus.

“It wasn’t a huge shock as I knew I was in contention, but when Ashley Giles confirmed, it was massive for me.”

Lancashire take to the road for their first County Championship Division Two fixture against

Derbyshire in mid-April.

Smith will not only have the honour of leading the team out, but also calling either heads or tails in the all-important coin toss.

“I’m massively excited for everything, from the toss, to giving the first talk and leading the side out,” he said.

“All the support I’ve received has been amazing, it’s a great honour and I cannot wait.

“I’ve received support on social media and from all the lads at Chorley Cricket Club.

“Everybody has been really supportive.

“I’m lucky to have such a strong supportive group around me.”