County cricket October 20, 2013

Ageless Chapple goes on into the 40s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Glen Chapple, the Lancashire club captain, will play on into his 40s after agreeing a one-year extension to his deal until the end of 2014 season.

Chapple had made his intentions clear before the end of the 2013 season that he had no plans to finish his playing days. In an increasingly fluid professional game, Chapple has been with Lancashire since the beginning of his career and made his first-class debut in 1992.

He enjoyed another productive season with the ball, taking 53 wickets at 20.73 in the Championship from 14 matches.

Chapple was one of a raft of players to agree new contracts at Old Trafford after Lancashire claimed the Division Two Championship title to secure a swift return to Division One.

Jordan Clark, who struck six sixes in an over during a 2nd XI match early in the 2013 season, wicketkeeper Alex Davies, offspinner Arron Lilley and allrounder Luis Reece have all extended their stays until the end of 2015.

Established players Karl Brown, Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter and Tom Smith, have also agreed deals until 2015. Meanwhile, alongside Chapple, Oliver Newby and Andrea Agathangelou will be around until at least the end of next summer.

The one new name is allrounder Liam Livingstone who has signed a one-year professional deal after making the step up from a scholarship contract.

Mike Watkinson, the cricket directior, said: "With the exception of Andrea, all the players are products of our development system, which is a great endorsement of the strength and effectiveness of the cricket played across the county. It also provides the squad with quality and stability as we look forward positively to the challenges ahead."

Lancashire's major new signing for next season has been Jos Buttler, the England one-day and T20 wicketkeeper, who has joined from Somerset.