Chilton returns to Lancashire

Mark Chilton has a coaching role at Lancs
Mark Chilton has a coaching role at Lancs
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FORMER Lancashire captain Mark Chilton is back at Old Trafford as part of new head coach Glen Chapple’s coaching staff.

Chapple took charge following the departure of Peter Moores, who has been reappointed as England coach and has already brought in Gary Yates to work with him.

Chilton made his debut for the Red Rose men in 1997 and became captain in 2005 for three seasons.

He played in 196 first-class matches, scoring a total of 9,556 runs with 21 centuries, and was awarded his county cap in 2002.

Chilton capped his final season as a Lancashire player in 2011 by helping the side win the County Championship title for the first time in 77 years.

Upon his retirement from the game, Chilton obtained the ECB level 4 coaching qualification and became cricket director at Manchester Grammar School, his former school.

Lancashire CCC cricket director Mike Watkinson said: “Following the recent changes in our coaching structure, it was vital that we had some continuity to enable us to carry on our progress.

“Mark has been doing some part-time work with the professional squad around his school commitments and has made a significant impact on the group.

“He demonstrated his leadership skills in his role of club captain and he will have a great influence on the 
squad.

“Mark is Lancashire through and through.

“He hasn’t been out of the first class game for long and is in touch with the requirements of the modern day cricketer.

“We are delighted to welcome him back and look forward to him working with the squad, where his initial focus will be on the second X,I along with some specialist coaching duties.”

Chilton said: “I am thrilled at the prospect of returning to Lancashire.

“We have an exciting crop of emerging young players and I am looking forward to working with them.”