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Player Profile - Chapple
Glen Chapple (3)

Full Name Glen Chapple
Nickname Chappie, Boris
DoB 23rd January 1974
Height 6' 1''
Bats/Bowls Right hand/Right arm medium-fast
Shirt Number 3
Lancashire Debut 1992. Cap 1994. Captain 2009-13
Tests 0
ODI 1 - Debut v Ireland, Stormont 2006
No doubt about it, Glen Chapple is a Lancashire great.

Going into the 2014 season, he has taken 899 first-class wickets for the county and 936 for all teams, including the likes of England A and the Rest of England.

A captain of the club for five seasons - 2014 will be his sixth - he has also won the Red Rose’s Player of the Year award three times and their County Championship Player of the Year award four times.

But the statistic that will please him most is that he has been a part of winning seven major trophies with Lancashire, most notably the Championship in 2011.

Chapple capped off a memorable 2011 with his most prolific first-class summer wickets-wise. The skipper led the Red Rose with 55 wickets - and 57 first-class in total - to claim the vote of the club's fans for the Player of the Year award.

It was the second successive year that the veteran seam bowling all-rounder had claimed the award, which he first won in 2002.

Although Chapple admitted on stage that there were more worthy winners of the 2011 award than him, it was no real surprise that he claimed the honour after three hauls of five wickets or more in the 12 matches that he played.

On top of that, he battled through the pain barrier for the team cause on numerous occasions, most notably during the final week win against Somerset at Taunton after he suffered a suspected torn hamstring on day one.

Chapple debuted for Lancashire back in 1992, but shot to fame four years later when he claimed 6-18 to skittle Essex for just 57 to help win the NatWest Trophy at Lord's.

Talismanic is the perfect way to describe the Skipton-born player, who has returned many a valuable contribution with the bat as well as the ball.

He was awarded the captaincy ahead of the 2009 season, just prior to the arrival of Peter Moores as the new coach. The pair have formed a close bond, with the ex-England coach often hailing Chapple's dedication to fitness and his desire to succeed.

Chapple, a one-time England one-day international in 2006, took on the captaincy when Stuart Law left Old Trafford despite refusing to call himself a natural leader.

He claimed 87 first-class wickets in 2009 and 2010 combined, setting him up perfectly for his return in 2011, even though he missed four matches due to one injury or another.

Chapple, who had a benefit season in 2004, is part of an elite group of cricketers to pass 7,000 runs and 800 wickets for Lancashire, with Jack Simmons and Johnny Briggs being the only others to have done it.

Ironically his 800th wicket - Craig Meschede - came on the final day of the 2011 season at Taunton, while he also passed the 7,000 mark at the start of the summer.

He is still widely regarded as one of the unluckiest cricketers around not to have been given more England recognition.

His solitary cap came against Ireland in 2006, although he was the odd man out of a Test squad earlier in his career and has been left out when provisional squads were cut down for a World Cup and World Twenty20 competition in 2007.

Right at the start of his career, it took him a while to claim the new ball on a regular basis. The presence of Phil DeFreitas and Wasim Akram meant he had to settle for a role of first-change.

When those two departed, he stepped up to form a devastating new ball alliance with Peter Martin.

Chapple's first-class best haul of 7-53 came against Durham at Blackpool in 2007, contributing to best match figures of 10-86.

Along with winning the top award in 2002, 2010 and 2011, Chapple won the club's Championship Player of the Year gong in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He took 42 wickets and scored 381 runs in 2012, including a landmark display in the penultimate match of the season against Middlesex at Lord’s even though it was the fixture which secured Lancashire’s relegation.

He claimed the 35th and 36th five-wicket hauls of his career to confirm only a third ten-wicket match return. He finished with 5-86 in the first innings and 5-47 in the second to claim 10-133 from 46.5 overs.

With Lancashire going well in the CB40 - and injuries hitting the squad - Chapple also played seven matches - more than he has played in a season since 2009 - and took ten wickets, including four in one match and five in another. The latter display (5-26) during the win against Gloucestershire at Bristol was his most successful in List A cricket for almost 14 years.

Chapple also took nine wickets in six Twenty20 matches, including excellent figures of 2-10 against Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

In 2013, a season that was curtailed by injury late on, he passed 50 wickets yet again. He ended it with 53 from 14 matches, including two five-wicket hauls. One of those was a return of 5-9 as Essex were bowled out for a record 20 at Chelmsford in May.

Although Chapple will be aged 40 during the 2014 season, this Red Rose legend shows now signs of giving up the game just yet. 1,000 first-class wickets is definitely a realistic target. But, as hinted earlier, a second Championship title is a bigger target for this exceptionally gifted team man.

Graham Hardcastle
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