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Keaton Jennings succeeds Dane Vilas as Lancashire membership captain

2023-01-24 16:24:34


Lancashire have named Keaton Jennings as their new males’s captain after Dane Vilas determined to face down from the position he has held for the previous 4 seasons.

Jennings, who has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Lancashire till at the very least the tip of the 2025 season, was the main run-scorer in Division One final 12 months with 1233 runs at a median of 72, together with a career-best 318 towards Somerset in Southport. His kind led to an England Check recall and he spent loads of time on the sphere as an alternative fielder through the 3-0 whitewashing of Pakistan earlier than Christmas.

He stood in for the injured Vilas throughout final season’s Royal London Cup run, which noticed Lancashire overwhelmed within the ultimate by Kent.

“I’m so proud and honoured to have been supplied the chance to turn into the following captain of Lancashire – a membership which I’ve made my house since arriving at Emirates Outdated Trafford again in 2018,” Jennings mentioned.

“Ever since becoming a member of, I’ve been absolutely conscious of how proud this membership is of its historical past and the eagerness which our members, supporters, gamers, and workers all share for the Purple Rose. I’m extraordinarily proud to be main this membership into a brand new chapter and I hope that we’re ready create extra historical past collectively.

“On behalf of the complete squad, I want to thank Dane for his dedication to the job and the backing which he has proven to every of us throughout his 4 seasons as captain. He has been an enormous a part of my improvement as a frontrunner, and I do know that I’ll nonetheless be capable to name on his expertise within the dressing room.”

Lancashire completed as runners-up in all three main competitions in 2022, with Vilas overseeing each the Blast marketing campaign, which led to a last-ball defeat to Hampshire within the ultimate, and their second-place end within the LV= Insurance coverage Championship. The 37-year-old South African, who joined the membership in 2017, will proceed to play as considered one of Lancashire’s abroad gamers for 2023.

“After taking a while out through the winter and having conversations with senior administration on the membership, I’ve determined to face down as captain of Lancashire,” Vilas mentioned. “It has been an honour and a privilege to guide this nice county for the previous 4 seasons, however I really feel that the time is now proper to step again from the position and permit Keaton to construct on the excellent job which he began throughout final season’s One-Day Cup.”

Lancashire’s males’s head coach, Glen Chapple, added: “Firstly, I want to thank Dane for captaining the membership with satisfaction and dedication over the past 4 seasons. As a training workforce, we absolutely assist his choice and really feel it’s a true testomony to Dane’s character that he has made the selfless choice to step down with the workforce’s finest pursuits on the forefront of his thoughts. We look ahead to persevering with to work with Dane as considered one of our senior gamers.

“I’m delighted that Keaton has accepted our supply to turn into the brand new membership captain and we’re all assured that he’ll do a wonderful job. Keaton displayed his management qualities throughout final summer time’s run to the One-Day Cup ultimate, he has the total respect of the dressing room, and this now looks like a pure subsequent step on the present stage of his profession.

“After chatting with Keaton, I understand how proud he’s to take this position and I’m wanting ahead to working extra intently with him as we step up our preparations for the brand new season and past.”

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