• Vilas to leave Lancashire

    Dane Vilas will retire from English county cricket at the end of the 2023 season.

    The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has made 600 career appearances – 197 first-class matches, 180 List A one-day matches and 223 T20s – including six Tests and one T20I for the Proteas.

    Scoring over 19,000 professional runs with the bat, Vilas has struck 34 centuries (24 first-class and 10 List A) across his storied career in South Africa, and latterly in English county cricket.

    Vilas has spent the past seven seasons of his career with Lancashire after making the move to Old Trafford on a Kolpak deal in 2017, before becoming an overseas player in 2021.

    After just two seasons with the club, in 2019, Vilas took over the captaincy – a position he would hold for four seasons with the Red Rose county.

    Vilas led Lancashire back into Division One of the County Championship at the first time of asking, overseeing an unbeaten season in first-class cricket – as he played every match as wicketkeeper while batting in the middle order.

    During the same season, Vilas grabbed the headlines in a Championship match at Colwyn Bay, putting Glamorgan to the sword in scoring a magical 266, the highest score of his career.

    He would later lead the Club to the T20 Blast finals day on three occasions in 2018, 2020 and 2022 and also two second place finishes in Division One of the County Championship during 2021 and 2022.

    Vilas played six Tests for the Proteas in 2015 and 2016 and he played his last international – a Test against England in Johannesburg – in January 2016.

    Despite calling time on his county cricket playing career, Vilas will play in the SA20 league which starts again in January.

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    Simon Borchardt