Stephen Parry will not forget the day he went to the home of cricket to see a 22 year-old Glen Chapple rip through a strong Essex batting line-up by taking six wickets to help Lancashire clinch the NatWest Trophy in 1996.
A fresh-faced 10 year-old joined hordes of Red Rose followers in making the trip to North London, one of six the county made during the memorable 1990s.
And now Parry, the England Lions left-arm spinner, is desperate to recreate that experience by lining up alongside his skipper on the other side of the boundary rope in next month’s Clydesdale Bank 40 Lord’s final.
Parry and his Lightning team-mates head into tomorrow’s match against the Netherlands at Old Trafford knowing that two more wins from their last four Group A outings will secure a semi-final spot. They may not even need that many if results elsewhere go their way.
“To play at Lord's and win a trophy is a massive thing in anyone's career,” said Parry, now 26, who has taken two four-wicket hauls during the current 40-over campaign. “If that's not a nice thing to look forward to at the end of the season, I don't know what is.
“As a young kid I remember watching people like Chappie playing in finals, but that was obviously in his younger days. I used to go to Lord's with my dad, and I was there when he took six wickets against Essex. For me to experience that as a player and win something would be absolutely amazing.”
Lancashire are looking to get one over the Dutch after May’s narrow defeat in Schiedam when the hosts chased down 236 with one wicket to spare despite Parry taking 4-29 in a thrilling game of cricket.
Dutch qualified Michael Swart top-scored with 41 in their chase, who Parry knows well.
“I know a few of their lads having played with them when I’ve gone over to Australia,” he explained. “Michael’s currently the professional at Denton, which was my first club. And he’s actually staying at my parents’ house at the moment!
“I managed to help get him the professional’s job at Denton. At least I got him out in the last game, so hopefully I do it again.
“We’ve played some really good 40-over cricket this year. In eight matches, we’ve only been outplayed once against Middlesex. Hopefully we can continue that.
“On another day we could have won that match against them in Holland. I remember Crofty dropping a catch in the deep in the last few overs, which could have been the difference. We all know how good a fielder he is, and I think it’s the only one I’ve ever seen him drop.”
The Dutch will be without Australian-born trio Tom Cooper, Cameron Borgas and Tim van der Gugten for the match. Their overseas player will be South African all-rounder Graeme van Buuren, 21.
Lancashire are without the injured Tom Smith, while Luke Procter is still returning to full fitness following his injury layoff.
Squad: Glen Chapple (capt), Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wkt), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Simon Kerrigan, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Oliver Newby, Stephen Parry, Ashwell Prince, Ajmal Shahzad.
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