2015 was one of Croft’s best summers with the Red Rose. He was given the captaincy in just the second game of the season after a long term injury to Tom Smith and Croft didn't look back.
He led the side to promotion and NatWest T20 Blast glory in 2015 and contributed all year with bat, ball and in the field. He took one of the catches of the summer in the NatWest T20 Blast group stage match against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.
Steven Croft will always go down in Lancashire folklore as the man who hit the winning runs to secure County Championship glory for the first time in 77 years when he did it on the fourth day against Somerset at Taunton in 2011.
It was a moment that was part of a stunning campaign for the all action all-rounder, who bats in the top order, bowls either off-spin or medium pace and fields like a demon.
Croft has also had experience of first-team captaincy in 2011, 2012 and 2013, leading the county in all forms of the game as a stand-in for Glen Chapple.
He is a player who has developed his career alongside the growth of Twenty20 cricket, but has ensured he can succeed in all formats with determination and hard work.
And his development continued at pace in 2012, with him named as the club’s Player of the Year at the end of season awards dinner.
Croft also scored 513 40-over runs and 313 from eight Twenty20s, leaving him amongst the top five run-scorers in the country. As a result, he was named in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 at the end of the summer, although he did not make the final cut of 15.
But further reward was on its way as he earned a winter deal to play Twenty20 cricket for Northern Districts (Northern Knights) alongside Scott Styris and Essex wicketkeeper James Foster in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, 2013 did not quite go to plan as he found himself out of the Championship team due to patchy form with the bat. He only played eight matches. And although he scored one hundred and two fifties, the century came as a match against Hampshire drifted to a draw during the final day at Southampton.
Croft arrived in Lancashire’s academy in 2003, was awarded a scholarship in 2004 and made his first-class debut for the county at Oxford University in 2005.
He burst on to the first-team scene with a bang in 2006 by hitting the last ball of a Twenty20 match against Leicestershire at Grace Road for six over cover to secure an unlikely win.
And he did the same again in 2008 by crashing Graham Onions in the same direction to win a 50-over Trophy match against Durham at Old Trafford.
Mind you, he has always had a liking for the spectacular. Just ask Michael Vaughan, who was the victim of a stunning one-handed catch at deep mid-wicket during a Twenty20 Cup Roses match at Old Trafford in 2009.
He was the first of the club’s academy products to be given a professional contract ahead of his first-class debut in 2005.
After holding down a regular place in the Championship side in 2007 – batting at number three at times – he won the Young Player of the Year award.
Then came the most memorable season of his career to date, which he capped off by winning the one-day Player of the Year for the second time after doing so in 2008.
In 2014, Croft bounced back superbly from the disappointment of the previous summer, despite not starting the campaign in the Championship team. He ended it with 786 runs from 12 matches, including 104 not out in a draw against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in early June and a new career-best 156 in a home win against Northamptonshire a couple of games later.