County news April 25, 2014

Chapple to take charge at Lancashire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Glen Chapple, Lancashire's captain and veteran attack leader, will take charge of the first team for the rest of the season, stepping up to fill the gap left by Peter Moores' appointment as England coach. Chapple has been tipped as Moores' permanent successor and he will have an opportunity to press his case as Lancashire attempt to cement their place back in Division One of the Championship.

Lancashire's director of cricket, Mike Watkinson, has previously suggested someone from outside the club could be brought in but they have opted for stability in the short term. Lancashire will look to appoint a coach to look after the 2nd XI, with Gary Yates continuing to assist Chapple and John Stanworth, the academy director, overseeing the seconds in the interim.

"It is crucial that we minimise the disruption to the cricket department while we are in the middle of an important run of matches and therefore we need to ensure that we have continuity and provide support, leadership and resources to help us achieve our aims and objectives," Watkinson said.

"In his position as club captain, Glen Chapple will have responsibility for the first team squad. Gary Yates will support Glen and spend the vast majority of his time around the first team squad.

"The club are actively looking to have an additional coaching resource in place as soon as possible, whose primary role will be working with the second eleven along with other coaching duties. John Stanworth will support the second eleven for the forthcoming fixtures but fundamentally his role will remain unchanged."

After being promoted as Division Two champions last year, Lancashire have lost and drawn their opening two matches of the current season to lie bottom of Division One. Chapple, who needs 61 wickets for 1000 in first-class cricket, is into his 22nd season with Lancashire and has passed his coaching certificates, spending time over the winter working as an assistant at the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) fast bowling camp in South Africa.

Lancashire's first match under Chapple will come at the weekend, when they travel to face Northamptonshire, the other promoted side who are also winless, at Wantage Road.

Moores' time at Lancashire finished with a draw against Warwickshire at Old Trafford on Wednesday. He has already begun work at the ECB's National Performance Centre in Loughborough and his attention will quickly switch to the county across the Pennines after Joe Root was named in Yorkshire's 13-man squad to play Middlesex.

Root, who will be in contention for a top-order batting spot in all three formats for England, made a half-century for Yorkshire seconds on Thursday and the Championship match at Lord's is expected to be his first competitive appearance since breaking a thumb on the tour of the Caribbean in March.

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  • Jem on April 26, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    One further worry: we're really missing Kyle Hogg, both for his wickets and control but also for his lower order runs. I'm afraid I just don't see what Wayne White brings to the side - an honest trier but sadly ineffective with both bat and ball. Any idea when Hogg will be back? And where's Jarvis? Another supposed big signing but I have my doubts....

  • Jem on April 26, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Agree with the first two comments. As far as the third goes, I think the Buttler acquisition was excellent providing Prior regains his number one Test spot. We can afford to miss Buttler for the odd few England ODI and T20i games as it gives our highly promising young reserve keeper, Alex Davies a chance to gain experience for when Buttler finally does move up to take over from Prior. Meantime we're desperate for top order batsmen to score consistent heavy runs. The loss of Katich was huge as Brown, Croft, Aganthangelou and Proctor are not good enough as pure top order batsmen, whilst even Horton is rarely going to win you a match; nor are they kids any longer, so we can't expect any great improvements. Luis Reece is an excellent prospect but we can't rely on him too much yet. It's vital we stay up this year but without at least one or two top signings in the next month, I can see us struggling badly.

  • Michael on April 25, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    I third these sentiments. Seriously lacking the batting department. Letting Moore go could turn out to bite us in the ass this season if he can keep up his early form. I think Moores forgot about being relegated and being in div2 last year which undoubtably shone favourably on out batsmen. This season we will be found seriously wanting. We need some genuine talent to bolster the top order. Buying buttler was a dumb move, surely be paying him a fortune to only play in half of the seasons games. The man responsible for all this bollocks now has the ENGLAND job, good riddance to him i say. Im looking forward to the next ashes series being an lancashire-australia supporter. Onwards and upwards.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Completely agree Jezc. The middle order is very poor. Agathangelou, Procter, Brown and Croft all average barely in the 30s and are not good enough to play as specialist batsmen. I can understand Procter playing as an all-rounder, but with the depth of bowling you outline, what is needed is some more quality batting. When Buttler plays for England, 3 of those will have to play around Prince - God knows what would happen to us if he got injured!

    Australia don't have a test match all summer, surely there is an Aussie batsman that could come in and do a job for Lancs. Record profits should mean some investment. The way we're playing at the moment, we'll be lucky to stay in the division. I think if we get beaten by Northants next week, that will provide the impetus for some change.

  • Jez on April 25, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Lancs need a couple of batsmen regardless of who is coach. The one day signing of Junaid makes no sense as Lancs are overloaded with bowlers, Anderson, Chapple, Jarvis, Ali, White, Hogg, Smith. With that amount of pace bowlers I was sure they would go for 2 overseas batsmen preferably before the start of the season. Not sure what they are waiting for ? No doubt we will lose Buttler for the early one day games as England have scheduled one day games in May so we will be down Katich and Moore from last season and not be able to add Buttler. In spite of record breaking profits it looks like us Lancashire members are being short changed again

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