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Parkinson impresses on England Lions debut

Parkinson impresses on England Lions debut

Lancashire spinner impresses in Antigua

Matt Parkinson impressed with bat and ball on his England Lions debut in Antigua overnight, and his Lancashire team-mate Alex Davies also made a big impact behind the stumps.

Parkinson, the 21-year-old leg-spinner from Bolton who has spent the winter playing club cricket in Sydney on an ECB Overseas Placement, took two for 33 in his 10 overs in the first one-day international against West Indies A – teaming up with Matt Critchley, another Lancastrian leggie from Wigan who plays his county cricket for Derbyshire.

Davies took one stunning catch and also claimed a stumping and a run out while Richard Gleeson, the Blackpool-born former Lancashire development officer who has made such an impression at Northamptonshire in the last two years, also earned good figures of two for 44.

The Lions then suffered a batting collapse, with Davies and Keaton Jennings both out cheaply, and were heading for a heavy defeat at 128 for eight in reply to the home total of 272.

But Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain led a brave attempt to salvage a remarkable win, with good support from Gleeson in a ninth-wicket stand of 37, and especially Parkinson in a record-breaking last-wicket partnership of 102.

The Lions were within a six of victory when Hain finally fell for 144, leaving Parkinson unbeaten on 14.

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