ALEX Davies is targeting more silverware with Lancashire after penning a new contract at Old Trafford.

The Darwen ace, part of the side which won the T20 Blast in 2015, has signed a deal until at least the end of the 2020 season and has set his sights on a successful 2018 campaign.

The 23-year-old became the first Red Rose wicketkeeper to hit 1,000 first class runs in a season last year which included three centuries.

And Davies, who has been away with England Lions this winter, is confident Lancashire have the squad to challenge on all fronts this term.

He said: "I’m delighted to extend my contract at Lancashire. It’s the club I grew up watching and dreaming of playing for so I cherish every chance I get to wear the red rose.

“I was pleased with my form particularly in first class cricket last year with the three hundreds in the Specsavers County Championship. There is definitely still room for improvement and I’m determined to back last year up with an even bigger one this year.

“We have an extremely exciting squad at the minute, with a great mix of youth and experience.

"We have made some brilliant signings over the winter to complement some of our own home-grown players and I see no reason why we can’t win some silverware in the near future.”

Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple is pleased that Davies, who still turns out on occasion for Darwen in the Lancashire League, has extended his stay at the club.

He said: “Alex had a really impressive campaign last year following a serious knee injury in 2016 and for him to hit over 1,000 first class runs was an excellent return for him.

“He’s got a very bright future in the game and it’s fantastic to see him being recognised by England Lions this winter. We are delighted that he’s chosen to extend his future with the club.”

Davies has been selected for the North-South which takes place in later this month.

He graduated through the Lancashire Academy in 2010, made his first team debut in a 40-over game against Glamorgan in 2011 two days before his 17th birthday, becoming Lancashire’s youngest one-day player in the process.

He then made his first class debut against Surrey at Liverpool at the end of the 2012 Championship season.