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Ashwell Prince

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Full Name Ashwell Prince
Nickname Ash
DoB 28th May 1977
Height 5'9
Bats/Bowls Left hand bat
Shirt Number 5
Lancashire Debut 2009, Cap 2010. Lancashire overseas player 2009-10 & 2012. Other teams: Eastern Province 1995-98, Western Province 1998-2004, Western Province Boland 2004-05, Cape Cobras 2006-08, Notts 2008, Warriors 2008-13
Tests 66
ODI 52. T20: 1

Profile

Ashwell Prince is a major part of Lancashire life and vice versa. The left-handed batsman from South Africa is in the midst of his fourth spell at Emirates Old Trafford, but this time as a Kolpak player rather than an overseas.

The owner of 119 international caps in all forms of cricket - 66 of them in Test matches - Prince signed a two-year contract with the Red Rose ahead of 2013 after agreeing to forgo the opportunity to play for his country again following the loss of his central contract with the national board.

Prince, now 36 years-old, spent two years in the Northern League as Morecambe’s professional in 1999 and 2000 before returning to the North West in early 2009 as a short-term replacement for VVS Laxman in county cricket.

Having played only five first-class matches in ’09, he played seven at the start of 2010 before fulfilling the overseas duties for the whole of 2012. He was the only Red Rose player to top 1,000 County Championship runs.

The fact that his international career has come to an end leaves you thinking ‘South Africa’s loss is Lancashire’s gain’.

Ahead of the 2014 county summer, Prince has scored 3,153 first-class runs for Lancashire at an average of 46.43, including 22 fifties and seven hundreds. He has a best of 144.

In 2013, he scored 1,169 of those runs in the Championship, including seven fifties and three hundreds. He was the county’s leading run-scorer, just pipping overseas star Simon Katich during a memorable final week.

He scored two hundreds in the same match against Kent at Canterbury, achieving the feat for the first time in his career and joining a select band of Lancastrians to do so too.

He has now scored more first-class runs for Lancashire than any other team he has played for apart from South Africa.

He also enjoyed an impressive 40-over campaign either opening or at number three. He scooped the club’s one-day Player of the Year award for a return of 506 runs from 12 matches at an average of 56.22, including a century against Hampshire at Southampton.

Debuting in 2002, Prince scored a total of 4,688 runs in all forms of international cricket for South Africa, including eleven hundreds (all of them in Test matches). He can either open or bat in the middle order.

Feisty, brave, tough, combative, they are all apt descriptions for the Port Elizabeth-born star, who is a great example for any young player to follow whilst learning the ropes.

Peter Moores said: "Ashwell’s a very competitive player. If the modern world can produce at times slightly institusionalised players who have come out of a system, Ashwell is the opposite of that. He is a product of not potential but performance. He’s tough, hard, finds a way to adapt and deliver something on a given day however he’s feeling or how the conditions are. That’s a really powerful thing to have in your side.”

Graham Hardcastle


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