10:36am Friday 23rd September 2011
Lancashire batsman Mark Chilton has announced his retirement after 14 years with the newly-crowned county champions.
Chilton, who captained the Red Rose club between 2005 and 2007, played 433 matches for Lancashire, scoring 14,437 runs including 26 centuries and 60 half-centuries.
Chilton said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to have represented my county for 14 years. It has been a tough decision to retire from the game I love so much but I believe the time is right for me to begin a new chapter in my life.
"I have many great memories from my time in cricket, but being involved in the County Championship winning side this year was without doubt the greatest experience of my professional career."
Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes said: "Mark has been a great servant to the club - a hard-working professional who never shirked his duties as player or captain.
"His loyalty and commitment has been immense since he joined us as a youngster. He also carried the responsibility of captaincy for three years.
"I'm sure he will have other things to offer to the game in his retirement and I wish him the very best of luck."
Head coach Peter Moores added: "Mark's impact on the success of the team since I've arrived at the club has been significant.
"His influence both on and off the field has been fantastic and his quality as a player is without question.
"His values and approach to the game have been an example to all and I'm sure he will continue to be successful in his next venture."
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