Lancashire seamer Glen Chapple has confirmed that he will play on for another season at Lancashire, as he approaches the big 40.

Chapple passed 900 first class wickets in May and continues to be a crucial cog in Lancashire’s armoury. This is his 22nd season with Lancashire, and the news that he will play on into a 23rd will be very welcome at Old Trafford.

While not playing every game these days, Chapple is skipper when he does take to the field, and captained Lancashire to their first Championship title in 77 years in 2011.

Head coach Peter Moores is delighted that Chapple will carry on into next season.

"It's like he's going backwards in years rather than forwards - he's like Benjamin Button," Moores told BBC Radio Manchester.

"He looks as fit as he's ever done and he's certainly not lost any pace. If anything, he seems to have gained it."

Chapple has represented England just once - in an ODI in 2006 - but was injured after just one over.

He has a terrific first class bowling average of just over 26 and is also a handy tail ender, averaging over 24 with the bat.

This season, Chapple has claimed nearly 50 victims in the County Championship Division 2. He is also a crucial member of Lancashire’s T20 side and will want to continue to be so in 2014.

With the Red Rose County looking set for promotion, Chapple will be among Lancashire’s attack for the top division in 2014. His experience and quality could be a crucial factor in helping Lancashire re-establish themselves at the top of the county scene. 

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