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Lancashire v Worcestershire, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Chapple and Richardson lighten the gloom

Apr 11, 2013: Neither Alan Richardson nor Glen Chapple were ever capped at Test level. But, even aged 37 and 39 respectively, England's loss remains county cricket's gain.

Tim Wigmore at Old Trafford

The party is over for Lancashire

Sep 8, 2012: After Lancashire won the 2011 County Championship, a member of the Old Trafford staff bought a copy of every national daily newspaper. Relegation means there will be no repeat this year

Paul Edwards

Middlesex v Lancashire, Lord's 4th day

Relegation completes Lancashire fall

Sep 7, 2012: Lancashire will finish a season they entered as defending champions with relegation to Division Two after Surrey's victory and their own defeat

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Lord's

Worcestershire v Lancashire, New Road, 3rd day

Worcs lower-order use window wisely

Aug 17, 2012: Worcestershire's lower-order batsmen made the most of a window in the weather late in the third day against relegation rivals Lancashire at New Road.

Lancashire v Somerset, Aigburth, 4th day

Enthralling contest cut short by storm

Aug 4, 2012: Those arriving at Aigburth early will have witnessed a duel good enough to compensate for the later frustration

Myles Hodgson at Aigburth

Leics v Lancs, CB40 Group A, Grace Road

Chapple back to form in fifth win

Jul 22, 2012: Lancashire eased to their fifth win in seven games beating Leicestershire by six wickets in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A clash at Grace Road.

Warwickshire v Lancashire, Edgbaston, 1st day

Chapple adds to Lancashire concerns

May 16, 2012: A potential side injury to Lancashire captain Glen Chapple added to another difficult day for the champions, as Warwickshire reached 289 for 4

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

Lancashire v Warwickshire, Aigburth, 2nd day

Chapple masterclass props up Lancashire

Apr 20, 2012: Glen Chapple provided a masterclass in the art of transforming his team's fortunes against Warwickshire

Myles Hodgson at Aigburth

Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2012

Glen Chapple

Apr 11, 2012: When Kumar Sangakkara challenged Sri Lanka's political establishment during the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's last summer, it came as no surprise

Andy Wilson

County news

Chapple to lead Lancashire again

Dec 5, 2011: Glenn Chapple, the Lancashire fast-bowler, will continue as captain for the 2012 season. Last year he led Lancashire to their first outright County championship title in 77 years

ESPNcricinfo staff

The winner is...

Sep 23, 2011: Another English domestic season has drawn to a close with silverware for Lancashire, Leicestershire, Surrey and Middlesex. George Dobell hands out his awards for 2011

George Dobell

County cricket

Bright future for Lancashire - Chapple

Sep 16, 2011: Glen Chapple, a limping Lancashire captain, sees a bright future for the county after they ended a 77-year wait for the County Championship title

ESPNcricinfo staff

County cricket

A triumph against the odds

Sep 16, 2011: With no money and no major home ground, Lancashire battled against the tide to secure their first Championship title in 77 years

Andrew McGlashan

Somerset v Lancashire, Taunton, 3rd day

Lancashire's fate out of their hands

Sep 14, 2011: The last time Lancashire won the County Championship outright, Adolf Hitler had just organised the Night of the Long Knives, Roosevelt had just launched the 'New Deal'

George Dobell at Taunton

Somerset v Lancashire, Taunton, 1st day

Limping Chapple sums up Lancashire's day

Sep 12, 2011: Hamstring injuries are not known to be fatal to the individual that suffers them

George Dobell at Taunton

Lancashire v Hampshire, Liverpool, 2nd day

Spinners give Lancashire control

Sep 8, 2011: Despite the dank, damp September that has arrived spin could secure Lancashire a vital victory in the Championship race

Andrew McGlashan at Liverpool

Lancashire v Hampshire, Liverpool, 1st day

Chapple leads Lancashire resurgence

Sep 7, 2011: Lancashire staged an excellent fight back to reach 337 for 7 against Hampshire with half-centuries for Glen Chapple and Tom Smith

Andrew McGlashan at Liverpool

Leicestershire v Lancashire, 1st semi-final, FL t20, Edgbaston

Leicestershire's celebrations muted despite win

Aug 27, 2011: Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard's celebrations were muted despite his side, ultimately, prevailing over Lancashire in a Super Over Eliminator to book their place in the Friends Life t20 Final

Liam Brickhill at Edgbaston

Lancashire v Worcestershire, Blackpool, 2nd day

Lancashire build strong position

Aug 18, 2011: An unbroken 90-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Karl Brown and Steven Croft blunted Worcestershire's fightback and left Lancashire with a substantial advantage at the end of a sternly-contested second day of the County Championship match at

Lancashire v Yorkshire, Headingley, 4th day

Lancashire win thriller by 23 runs

Jul 23, 2011: The way cricket is marketed these days, you could be forgiven for thinking that the game consisted only of international matches and Twenty20, which does great injustice to the real bedrock of the English professional game, the County Championship

Jon Culley at Headingley
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