Lancashire's Mark Chilton retires after 14 years

Mark Chilton

Chilton hit 26 centuries and 60 half-centuries, and took 217 catches

Former Lancashire skipper Mark Chilton has announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the age of 34.

Just a week after helping the county end their 77-year wait for an outright Championship title victory, Sheffield-born Chilton has opted to bow out.

The Manchester Grammar school-educated batsman, who made his debut in 1997, was captain between 2005 and 2007.

In 195 first-class matches for the county, Chilton made 9,523 runs, hitting 21 hundreds, at 32.83.

He made 13 Championship appearances in Lancashire's 2011 title-winning team, making 478 runs at 22.76.

"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," said Chilton.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to have represented my county for 14 years. And it's a tough decision to retire, but I believe the time is right for me to begin a new chapter in my life."

Mark Chilton's 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

Lancashire coach Peter Moores

Chilton, who joined Lancashire after studying and playing for Durham University, was awarded his county cap in 2002.

He enjoyed his best season when he made 1,154 Championship runs in 2003, was named Lancashire's Player of the Year in 2009 and was awarded a benefit in 2011.

Lancashire head coach Peter Moores said: "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.

"On behalf of everyone close to the team we wish him well for the future."