22 year-old leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson has committed his future to the Club by signing a contract extension until at least the end of the 2021 season.
Parkinson, who has played for Lancashire since the age of 9 and graduated the Club’s Academy, enjoyed a fine 2018 campaign – particularly with the white ball – finishing as leading wicket taker 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, helping to establish himself as one of the leading limited-overs bowlers in English domestic cricket. He was also named Lancashire’s One-Day and Young Player of the Year, at the Club’s End of Season Awards at Emirates Old Trafford.
Parkinson was rewarded for his successful season after Melbourne Stars signed him for the second half of this year’s Big Bash competition and was also included in England Lions’ squad for their tour of the UAE, however he was later ruled out of the latter with a back injury.
Speaking after extending his deal, Parkinson said: “It is a great feeling to secure my long-term future with Lancashire, a Club which means a lot to me having played for the Red Rose since I was just 9.
“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 Championship side in 2019 and to help Lancashire achieve promotion back into Division One at the first time of asking.”
The Bolton-born leg-spinner signed his first professional contract with Lancashire back in 2015 and has played 16 First Class matches taking 42 wickets at an average of 28, 16 List A matches taking 30 wickets and has 39 T20 wickets to his name at an impressive average of just over 15.
Lancashire’s Head Coach Glen Chapple, added: “It is great news that Matt has committed his future to the Club.
“He is an important part of what we are looking to achieve in all three formats of the game. He is a local lad who is always improving, he loves playing for the Red Rose and he has already made some vital contributions for the Club since making his debut in 2016.”