Parry aiming for Lord's final this summer
The last time Stephen Parry, Karl Brown and Steven Croft made a pact, they achieved it pretty quickly. Now they are hoping Lightning, pardon the pun, can strike twice!
The Red Rose trio sat down immediately after the 2014 T20 Blast final defeat to Birmingham and made a vow to each other: “We’ll win this before we pack up,” they said.
Twelve months later, Lancashire had won their maiden T20 title by beating Northamptonshire in the final.
Now they have made another promise: “To win a Lord’s final,” revealed left-arm spinner Parry.
Parry helped Lancashire make an exceptional start to their Royal London one-day Cup campaign on Sunday, taking three wickets in a typically wily spell to as they county secured a comfortable win over Warwickshire.
Tomorrow, they travel to Wantage Road (11am) to tackle a Northamptonshire side, who lost their opener yesterday at Notts as they were chasing 446.
Amazingly, Northants finished on 425 all out in reply as Adam Rossington hit 97 and Rory Kleinveldt hit 128.
“When I first joined the squad we lost in the (C&G) final, and we have had a semi-final against Warwickshire since,” said Parry.
“It is something me, Browny and Crofty have said we want to do before we finish, and when we said that about the T20 last year, we did.
“There is a long way to go, but it is something we want to do.
“We have been inconsistent in the T20s, so if we get a win at Northants, it stamps our authority on this competition.
“They are a good side, and have some good experience at the top of the order. They are geared up around one-day cricket, so they will be challenging this year.
“They have lost Dave Willey, but they’ve started well in the T20s and will be confident. It is hard going there. It will be a good test.”
Lancashire play two RL50 matches this week, tomorrow and against Notts at Blackpool on Sunday. Sandwiched in between, they face Leicestershire at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday in the NatWest Blast.
“Winning is important in all formats,” said Parry.
“We want to compete in all three formats, so we will be putting pressure on ourselves to have a good week in both competitions.”
Parry described Warwickshire as one of the best one-day teams Lancashire have come up against in a while.
And alongside contributions with the bat from Croft, Jos Buttler and Martin Guptill and wickets for Parry, Nathan Buck, Jordan Clark and Tom Smith, Croft took four catches, including three stunners at cover and mid-wicket off Parry.
He added: “I have spoken to Crofty about fielding at point because he can take some great catches there and get us going. But he said Guptill was pretty good there, so if Crofty is letting him go there then Guptill must be unbelievable!
“I love having Crofty in those areas in the 50-over stuff because he can stop anything.”
“He is an outstanding fielder. He is up there with the likes of Paul Collingwood.”