Chilton, a former pupil at Manchester Grammar School - Alma Mater of Mike Atherton - represented Durham University before joining the professional ranks with Lancashire.
Capable of batting anywhere in the top six, he made his Lancashire debut in 1997 and has remained a reassuring presence in the side for much of the time since.
Having taken over the captaincy from Warren Hegg, Chilton led Lancashire to the Frizzell County Championship Second Division title and the final of the Twenty20 Cup in 2005, his first season in charge.
Lancashire finished runners-up in the championship the following season, and suffered an agonising defeat to Sussex in the final of the C&G Trophy.
There was another near miss in 2007, when they fell just 25 runs short of the victory over Surrey in the final game that would have secured the championship title.
Chilton stood down as captain at the end of the summer to concentrate on his form with the bat, and, though he struggled to hold down a place in the side in 2008, he returned to something approaching his best the following year, when he often deputised as skipper in Glen Chapple's absence.