Bolton-born Matt Parkinson has played age-group cricket for Lancashire since Under-13 level and was part of the Under 17s side who won the Royal London one-day Cup and shared the two-day Championship title with Surrey in 2014. The Under 17s side was captained by his twin brother, Callum.
He has played Under 15s cricket for the English Schools Association North side in 2012 and Under 17s cricket for the ECB Elite Player Development side the following summer.
In the most recent summer, he took 6-46 in a 50-over match against Pakistan.
A product of Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programme, Matt has played second-team cricket in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and played Minor Counties cricket for Staffordshire as well.
He played his early league cricket for Heaton in the Bolton League, although has since moved to play for Urmston in the ECB Cheshire County Premier League. He signed professional terms with Lancashire ahead of 2015.
His development and potential was recognised in 2014 when he was given the opportunity to shine on an England Age Group stage. Once selected he took six wickets on debut against South Africa under 19s and followed this days later with another six wicket haul against Pakistan under 17s, which included a hat trick. This followed a match winning performance with the Lancashire Second XI where he took 6 for 28 against Glamorgan.
Matthew Parkinson has been supported by the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust through the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling.