Stand ovation as Simmons quits

JACK Simmons has stood down after almost 11 years as Lancashire chairman, saying his decision not to stand for re-election had nothing to do with his new responsibility as ECB chairman of cricket.

Michael Cairns OBE was elected as his successor at Lancashire’s annual general meeting on Thursday. A packed Tyldesley Suite at Old Trafford stood as one to applaud Simmons, a loyal servant involved with Lancashire for almost 50 years as player and committee man.

After the meeting an emotional Simmons said: “It is something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years and my decision not to stand for re-election was made in the best interests of Lancashire. Michael Cairns is the top man, and has a huge amount of experience in business and development. Lancashire is embarking on a very integrate redevelopment and I think it’s better for someone like him to be leading the club forward.”

He added: “What I didn’t want people to think is that I’ve finished here because I have a new position at the ECB – that has nothing to do it.”

Simmons will continue to sit on the club’s cricket committee alongside Clive Lloyd, Geoff Ogden and Colin Walker, who were all re-elected unopposed.

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