A Prince among men: South African Test batsman Ashwell delighted in making fourth Lancashire return

By Mancunian Matters staff

Lancashire’s bid to regain LV County Championship Division One status was given a boost with South African batsman Ashwell Prince confirming a fourth spell at Emirates Old Trafford.

The 35 year-old left-hander has penned a two-year deal, subject to successful visa and registration applications, and will be available for all three competitions as the Red Rose look to bounce back after last year’s relegation.

And the former test batsman, who first joined Lancashire in 2009 as cover for India’s VVS Laxman, wants to put right the relegation wrong he was incolved in last time out.

“I’m delighted to announce that I will be returning to Lancashire for the next two seasons,” said Prince. 

“I was part of the team that went down last season and I want to be part of the team that is going to fight our way back to where we belong. I look forward to joining up with the squad soon.”

In 2012, Prince hit more than 1,000 runs at an average of just under 44 with the bat in first-class cricket – one of the few highlights of a disappointing season.

And Lancashire head coach Peter Moore believes he will be able to lean heavily on Prince’s experience as he looks to promotion and develop Old Trafford’s impressive roster of young stars.

“Ashwell’s commitment to Lancashire has always been strong and his return is a real boost to the whole squad,” said former England coach Moores.

“His experience will be invaluable to me as a coach and he will help to accelerate the development of some of our most talented home grown players.”

Prince’s return follows the capture of Australian Test star Simon Katich as overseas player, and the close season arrivals of Kabir Ali and Wayne White to the Lancashire squad.

Meanwhile, tickets for domestic matches at Emirates Old Trafford in 2013 are now on sale with fans able to buy them or less than they did in 2012.

In the year where the Investec Ashes Series returns to the North West, supporters will also be able to experience Lancashire matches at the transformed Emirates Old Trafford stadium throughout what will be a real cricketing summer. 

‘Early-bird’ ticket prices are available for all Friends Life t20 home group games and Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures until up to two months before the matches, with a further advanced ticket price until up to one month prior to the fixtures.

However, the early purchase deadline for the YB40 games against Durham Dynamos, Surrey and Scottish Saltires ends on Tuesday 2 April.

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