Born in Sydney, Horton moved to England when he was 15 and captained Lancashire Under-17s and Under-19s before making his senior debut in 2003.
An unfussy opener, he scored a combined total of 2,000 four-day runs in 2007 and 2008, picking up the club’s player of the year award in the first of those seasons.
A dip in form followed, yet he remained an integral part of Lancashire’s plans and was the Red Rose’s leading run-scorer in 2011 as they secured the LV= County Championship title.
Although he did not manage a single century that summer, Horton contributed four scores between 93 and 99, and finished the campaign with 1,040 runs.
He also compiled unbeaten scores of 97 and 95 in the Clydesdale Bank 40, reflecting his continued improvement as a limited-overs batsman.