Lancashire are to award former captain Mark Chilton a benefit year in 2011, which will be his 15th season at the club, and tenth since being awarded his county cap in 2002.
He captained the club between 2005 and 2007, reaching the finals of the Twenty20 Cup and C & G Trophy while also winning the County Championship Division Two.
“The Club is delighted to be officially recognising Mark’s exemplary service to Lancashire by rewarding him with a hugely deserved Benefit Year in 2011," Lancashire chairman Michael Cairns said.
Chief Executive Jim Cumbes added: “I am delighted for Mark that he has been given a benefit year. He is exactly the type of player such a system was established for – a regular, loyal and uncomplaining player for his county who is prepared to bat in any position if it is for the good of the team. He was also captain for a spell when the team was going through a transitional period, and earned the respect of everyone, not least his team mates.”
Chilton said: “This is a huge honour and I am obviously thrilled that the Club has acknowledged me in this way. It’s a great privilege to play for such a fantastic team and I would like to thank them for awarding me a benefit.”