Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Happy Chappy! ; Skipper Flies off to Dubai with Lancs for Pre-Season, Writes Chris Ostick

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Happy Chappy! ; Skipper Flies off to Dubai with Lancs for Pre-Season, Writes Chris Ostick

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GLEN Chapple has bowled more than 60,000 deliveries for Lancashire, added probably three times as many in practice, claimed over 1,100 wickets for the Red Rose and scored more than 10,000 runs.

But he is still as hungry now as he ever has been as he heads into his 22nd season with the club.

The skipper jets off to Dubai with the rest of the Lancashire squad tomorrow for an 11-day pre-season tour as they prepare for the new campaign which begins with an LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford on April 10.

At the age of 39, and with so many back-breaking days in the field behind him since he made his Red Rose debut back in 1992 - before new team-mate Alex Davies was even born - Chapple, pictured right, could call it a day now and still go down as a Lancashire legend.

But he is far from finished, and according to coach Peter Moores, is as keen as ever to get back on the field and lead his side back into Division One.

"Glen is as hungry as ever," said Moores. "It's always interesting watching Chappie go through a winter because you can see him working his way through steadily.

"Physically, he looks in good shape. Then, as you start to get to this time of the year, you can sort of see him get excited about competing again and putting his neck on the line.

"One of his great strengths is his competitive nature.

"Part of a whole pro sportsman thing is putting your neck on the line and having a crack. I think that when most sportsmen retire, it's not necessarily because your eyes or body goes, it's because you've had enough of being judged.

"Watching Chappie, there's no way he's had enough of that. He wants more of it. That's a good thing for us.

"Like all the seamers we have to manage his workload, and we are just trying to make sure we get that right. People will still get injured, but you're trying to get them the best possible chance of getting through."

injured, but you're trying to get them the best possible chance of getting through."

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