Former Chorley ace is new Lancs skipper

Tom Smith in action for Lancashire
Tom Smith in action for Lancashire
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Chorley-born all-rounder Tom Smith is Lancashire’s new captain, replacing the long-serving Glen Chapple.

Chapple, who has held the post since 2009 and led the side to the County Championship title two years later, is now 41 and will focus on his role as player-coach in 2015.

His replacement, 29-year-old ex-Chorley CC ace Smith, takes the reins having been named the Red Rose’s player of the year last season and will be assisted by new vice-captain Steven Croft.

Smith said: “It is a tremendous honour for me to be appointed captain of the county I grew up supporting and have been lucky enough to play for.

“The Red Rose means so much to me as it does to all our members and supporters and I can assure everybody that I will lead our county to the best of my ability.”

“There have been some great captains of this club over the years, none more so than Glen Chapple who I have learnt a great deal from over the years, not just as a cricketer but also as a leader.

“I cannot wait to get started as captain and I would like to thank the Club for putting their faith in me for this very important and responsible role.”

Head coach Ashley Giles added: “Tom has all the right ingredients of a good leader. He is well-respected, he plays all forms of the game, is a good professional, extremely mature and a good communicator.

“He is a guy who has come through the Lancashire system and knows exactly what it means to play for such a great county.

“The same can also be said of our new vice-captain, Steven Croft, who is another exceptional individual.

“Glen Chapple has done a fantastic job. He has moved into coaching and this is now an opportunity for the next generation of leaders. I believe the future of the Club is in good hands.”