Stephen Parry admits the pressure has been increased a notch ahead of Sunday's Friends Life t20 clash with Derbyshire at Old Trafford
The left-arm spinner starred in Friday’s win over North Division rivals Durham, a fixture which the Lightning realistically had to win to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Parry finished with 2-27 as the hosts comfortably defended their competitive total of 161-5, winning out by 26 runs.
Unsurprisingly, Lancashire field an unchanged squad for the fixture.
Squad: Steven Croft (capt), Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Gareth Cross (wkt), Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Simon Kerrigan, Junaid Khan, Stephen Moore, Farveez Maharoof, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Tom Smith
Parry said the win “does us the world of good”, and another one against Luke Sutton’s side, coupled with other results going their way, could now see the Lightning hoist themselves up into the all important top four places.
It is the first of five remaining matches with four of them at Old Trafford, and Parry assessed: “It’s a good time to get some momentum because Derbyshire are up there as well, so it’s going to be a massive game.
“The group’s really tight, and every game’s like a quarter-final. It’s a great game to play in because there’s a bit more on it now. But we’re confident of getting another win.”
Parry’s and Lancashire’s 20-over campaigns have been strange ones.
While Lancashire have been inconsistent, the 25 year-old has not got the rewards his bowling has deserved.
On the back of 26 wickets last year, a feat which went a long way to earning him an England Lions call-up, he has only taken 12 from eleven matches this term.
He is still the Lightning’s leading wicket-taker, but could have got more having bowled economical spells in the majority of his outings.
He claimed an excellent 4-23 in the win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston prior to the Nottinghamshire Championship game at Trent Bridge. That success over the Bears was Lancashire’s last Twenty20 win prior to Friday night.
“It’s seems ages ago since that Warwickshire game when we played well,” continued Parry. “It was important for us to play well again.”
Along with Parry’s Dynamos’ double, Pakistani left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan also struck twice as he impressed on his Old Trafford debut.
Not only that, but the 21 year-old Abbottabad Rhinos man also accounted for two run outs as he bowled superbly at the death.
Parry added: “Junaid’s a young lad with an old head when it comes to bowling. He’s definitely added to our team. He sticks to his plan, backs himself, and he’s calm under pressure.”
Both sides played out a thrilling tie in the opening match of this summer’s competition at the County Ground. It is a result which has helped Derbyshire into sixth position in the North Division.
Lancashire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire all have ten points from eleven matches.
Prior to the Durham clash, coach Peter Moores had targeted a minimum of four wins in order to give his side any hope of qualifying.
Stephen Parry was talking to Graham Hardcastle
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