Lancashire County Cricket Club have proved to be one of the strongest county sides in the country. Since being one of the first 8 founder members in 1890 the side has won the County Championship on nine occasions. They have also won the Gillette Cup 7 times, the Benson and Hedges Cup 4 times, the Sunday League 5 times and the T 20 blast once.
From the outset Lancashire have produced players that have gone on to represent, and even captain England. The first player to do this was Archie McLaren who in 1895 scored 424 against Somerset at Taunton. Despite all of their successes there was gap of 77 years between their championship victories of 1934 and 2011 where they did not win the title outright.
Jonny Briggs career ended in 1900 but he was the first Lancashire player to score 10,000 runs and take 1000 wickets for the county. He in fact scored over 14,000 runs and took 2,200 wickets in a career that saw he become the first player to take 100 wickets in Test matches.
Brian Statham actually took more wickets than Briggs for Lancashire with a total of 1816. He played for the county between 1950 and 1968, and also played for England taking 252 wickets at a very good average of 24.84 per wicket. He is the eighth leading wicket taker for England with only Fred Trueman in the top 10 having a better average.
The top run scorers for Lancashire are dominated by the Tyldesley brothers, Johnny and Earnest. Earnest was the younger brother and played for the county between 1909 and 1936. In this time, he scored over 38,000 runs which included 102 centuries. He only played in 14 Test matches, yet he still averaged 55 per innings. His elder brother Johnny played for the county between 1895 and 1923 and scored nearly 38,000 runs. Although not quite being able to match his younger brother, he did play more Test matches for England scoring 1,661 runs at an average of 30.75 during his 31 appearances.
One of England’s most successful captains has been the Lancastrian Michal Atherton. His success was not mirrored in the side’s results as during his tenure as the side performed disappointingly. However, despite the team’s failings Atherton managed to captain the side on 54 occasions and only Alistair Cook has captained England on more occasions.
During his career he scored 7,700 runs in 115 Tests at average of 37. In all first-class cricket he scored nearly 22,000 runs and took 108 wickets with is part-time leg spin. Even more recently Lancashire have produced two other cricketers who have made major contributions both to their county and their country. Jimmy Anderson was spotted in 1999 as a 17-year-old playing for his home town Burnley in the Lancashire League.
He currently has 509 test match wickets at 27 runs apiece and in all first class matches he has collected nearly 850 wickets. He is the 6th leading wicket taker in Test match cricket and the leading
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff made his debut for Lancashire in the 1997 season, but it wasn’t long before he spent much of the time playing for England team. One of his best performances for Lancashire came in the Natwest Trophy quarter final against Surrey in 2000 when he scored 135 not out to take his side to victory.
In his Test career he scored nearly 4000 runs at an average of 32, and took 226 wickets at 32. He will always be remembered for his contribution to the Ashes Battles with Australia. In the 2005 second Test at Edgbaston he won the man of the match award scoring hit 141 runs with 11 sixes during the match, and taking 7 wickets.
The record of the county on the cricket field is hard to match and has produced some of the country’s best cricketers.