Tom Bailey, a graduate of Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programmes, is becoming an increasingly valuable member of the club's bowling attack in County Championship cricket.
Strapping seamer Bailey made his first-class and Championship debut in the closing stages of 2012.
And although he has far from been a regular since, he will be hoping that a late-summer 10-wicket haul in defeat against Middlesex at Lord's in 2017 can be a springboard for more regular cricket, especially given the departures of Kyle Jarvis and Ryan McLaren.
He claimed five wickets in each innings, finishing with match figures of 10-98, a career best haul to date. Middlesex are an opponent he has enjoyed significant success against to date.
After that 2012 debut, he had to be patient for his next chance, which came towards the end of 2014 following an encouraging run of form in one-day cricket, taking seven wickets in four 50-over matches, including a wicket with the sixth ball of his career against Essex at Chelmsford.
He played in three Championship matches against Durham, Yorkshire and Middlesex, taking three wickets in the latter fixture as well as demonstrating his prowess as a useful lower order batsman.
The Prestonian, a product of the Vernon Carus club, has been somewhat of a late bloomer in the game. He started out as an 11-year-old, but he did not play representative cricket for the Red Rose until Under 19s level.
After his encouraging end to 2014, he was given a longer run in 2015 as Lancashire successfully claimed Championship promotion from Division Two.
He claimed a career best 5-12 as Leicestershire were bowled out for just 78 in the second innings of a landslide win at Grace Road, while he also contributed to Lancashire’s NatWest T20 Blast title success that summer.
Bailey’s 2016 campaign was heavily disrupted by a side injury, ruling him out of action for the best part of two months.
In fact, he was away from first-team action for three months.
But he made an impressive return in three Championship matches, taking 12 wickets.
His 5-111 against Somerset at Emirates Old Trafford included four wickets in seven balls, helping to secure a crucial draw in the successful bid to secure Division One status.
He also claimed 4-52 with the new ball in the final round defeat against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Sandwiched in between those matches, he also hit a maiden first-class fifty against leaders Middlesex at Emirates OId Trafford, helping to secure another crucial draw.
Bailey is an extremely useful lower order batsman, with a second fifty coming in a home Championship win over Middlesex, ironically, at Southport in 2017.
He claimed an encouraging 26 wickets in nine matches during the four-day summer, helping secure a second-placed finish in Division One.
Bailey currently has 90 career first-class wickets.