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Cross let go by Lancashire

Lancashire have opted to release long-serving wicketkeeper Gareth Cross.

The Bury-born gloveman made his debut for the Red Rose in 2005 and went on to succeed Luke Sutton as Lancashire's first-choice behind the stumps.

A veteran of 227 games across all formats, Cross helped Lancashire to the LV= County Championship title and a place at Friends Life t20 finals day in 2011.

He also made 13 championship appearances this summer as Peter Moores' men secured a return to the top-flight, but averaged only 24 with the bat and recently lost his place to Alex Davies.

Lancashire head coach Moores said: "Gareth has been at the heart of the team over the last few seasons and is Lancashire through and through. He moves on with our best wishes and an appreciation of all the hard work he has put in.

"He still has much to offer the county game and I'm sure given the opportunity he can use the experience gained at Lancashire to move his game forward."

Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson added: "Gareth has been a valuable and passionate member of our squad over the last eight years and played a key role in the title-winning team of 2011.

"The club felt the time was right for him to look elsewhere to progress his career and we wish him well."

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