County news September 17, 2004

Alec Swann leaves Lancashire

Wisden Cricinfo staff

The Lancashire opening batsman, Alec Swann, has decided not to renew his contract, and is set to move on after a three-year stint at Old Trafford.

"I've enjoyed every minute I've spent at Lancashire," said Swann, "but I feel I am at a stage in my career where I need to move forward and seek pastures new." It has been a frustrating year for Swann and Lancashire alike. As the county plunged towards relegation, Swann played just five first-class matches all season, with a top score of 34.

"Alec has been a reliable opening batsman," said their manager, Mike Watkinson. "He has provided the club with a valuable three years' service." He emulates his brother Graeme, who has moved on to Nottinghamshire from Northamptonshire on a three-year deal.