Lancashire has selected Dale Benkenstein from Gloucestershire as their new head coach, replacing Glenn Chapple. Benkenstein emerged as the top choice after a thorough process by Lancashire. He previously worked as a consultant batting coach for Lancashire in 2021 and for the Proteas from 2017 to 2019. Benkenstein’s first head coach role was at Hampshire, where he led the club to Division One promotion in 2014. His tenure at Gloucestershire was less successful, winning only two County Championship matches out of 28 across the 2022 and 2023 seasons. As a player, he represented South Africa in ODIs and later played a key role at Durham. His son, Luc, plays for Essex and has been included in England’s squad for the Under-19 World Cup.
Other names linked to the Lancashire job, including Chris Silverwood and Jonathan Trott, remain under contract with their respective boards. Benkenstein expressed his excitement about the new role, while Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Performance, Mark Chilton, praised his experience and leadership abilities. Benkenstein’s appointment has also led to coaching changes at Gloucestershire, as they now need to find a new head coach.
Glamorgan were also considering Benkenstein for their vacant head coach role, but other names are in the reckoning for the post. Somerset assistant coach Paul Tweddle and Nottinghamshire assistant coach Paul Franks are also reportedly under consideration for the Glamorgan role.