Spin ace signs on at Lancs

Stockport Express - - Sport - CRICKET CHRIS OSTICK

MATTHEW Parkin­son has signed a new deal with Lancashire which will keep him at the club un­til at least the end of the 2021 cam­paign.

With Si­mon Ker­ri­gan and Ar­ron Lilley both hav­ing left the club this win­ter, and Stephen Parry now 32, the 22-yearold is the long-term fu­ture of spin at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

Parkin­son, who has played for Lancashire since the age of nine and grad­u­ated through the club’s academy, en­joyed a fine 2018 cam­paign – par­tic­u­larly with the white ball – fin­ish­ing as lead­ing wick­et­taker with 18 in the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup.

The Bolton-born bowler fol­lowed that up with 25 wick­ets in the Vi­tal­ity Blast, as Lancashire Light­ning reached Fi­nals Day at Edg­bas­ton.

It helped him se­cure Lancashire’s One-Day and Young Player of the Year awards.

It also won him a call-up to the Eng­land Li­ons squad to face Pak­istan A in the UAE – and more im­pres­sively a con­tract to play in Aus­tralia’s Big Bash with Melbourne Stars.

How­ever, a stress frac­ture of his back meant he had to pull out of the Li­ons tour, and tests this week will de­ter­mine if he will be able to head Down Un­der.

“It is a great feel­ing to se­cure my longterm fu­ture with Lancashire, a club which means a lot to me hav­ing played for the Red Rose since I was just nine,” said Parkin­son, who has been tipped by many as a fu­ture Eng­land player.

“I was re­ally pleased with my white ball form last sea­son and, hope­fully, I can con­tinue putting in match-win­ning per­for­mances to help the side chal­lenge for hon­ours next year.

“I’m de­ter­mined to ce­ment a reg­u­lar spot in the Cham­pi­onship side in 2019 and to help Lancashire achieve pro­mo­tion back into Divi­sion One at the first time of ask­ing.”

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