Horton set to leave Lancashire

Lancashire have announced opening batsman Paul Horton will be released at the end of the season after 12 years spent at Old Trafford.

The Sydney-born right-hander scored 21 first-class centuries and averaged 37.63, having been awarded his county cap in 2007.

Horton would go on to top the Red Rose scoring charts in their 2011 LV= County Championship success, and he also enjoyed a stint as vice-captain in 2014.

Cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said: “Paul has been a tremendous servant to Lancashire County Cricket Club and has been a key member of the squad during my time at Emirates Old Trafford.

“This was a tough decision for the club to make and I would like to thank Paul for all of his efforts for the club. We all wish him well in the future.”

Horton added: “I have had a wonderful time at Lancashire. From my first game as a 15-year-old to all 308 competitive professional games for the club.

“The pinnacle has to be helping Lancashire win the County Championship in 2011, especially after 77 years of waiting.

“It was also an honour and privilege to captain the side to the NatWest T20 Blast final last year.

“After speaking to the club in mid-season, I wanted to have a look at my options and I am now looking forward to a fresh challenge where my experience can hopefully benefit a new club. I wish the club every success in the future.”

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