Lancashire's assistant coach Gary Yates has hailed the development of exciting batting all-rounder Liam Livingstone who has been awarded his maiden professional contract at Emirates Old Trafford.
Livingstone, 20-years-old, is amongst a group of 15 Red Rose players who have put pen to paper on new deals, announced only this morning. The Barrow-born player’s initial contract runs until the end of 2014.
A right-handed batsman with a reputation for big hitting, he also bowls leg-spin. But it is his ability with the bat willow has really caught the eye of the Red Rose coaches, including Yates.
Livingstone played under 13s and under 15s cricket for Cumbria, had a trial with Durham before becoming heavily involved with Lancashire as a 14 or 15-year-old, going on to graduate through the LCCC Academy. He has played Minor Counties cricket for Cumberland, and was in the Red Rose eleven who played the students of Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities in a first-team friendly at Weetwood back in June.
He scored 583 runs from 13 second XI 3-day & 4-day matches in 2013, including two hundreds. He also scored 276 runs from eleven one-day matches, including an unbeaten 121, and 192 from eight Twenty20 matches. He hit a 47-ball 100 with ten sixes against Yorkshire in June.
It will be music to the ears of all Lancashire fans to learn that he scored hundreds in every form of the game against Yorkshire during the summer just gone.
"There are a few who have moved their games forward over the course of the summer,” said Yates. “Liam Livingstone has played some exceptional cricket this season.
“He has scored two hundreds in the Championship and scored a 40-ball hundred in a Twenty20 matches. He is a powerful player who has developed his game significantly.
"Hopefully he will have a good winter and keep developing his game. You never know what could happen if he is able to do that.”
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