|Full Name||Stephen Parry|
|DoB||12th January 1986|
|Lancashire||Academy 2004, Scholarship 2007. Debut 2007|
Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry has clawed his way up the game's ladder without playing too much Championship cricket, although that may be about to change with Gary Keedy having left the club to sign a deal with Surrey.
Parry, who will be 27-years-old ahead of the 2013 summer, has already played for the England Lions on the back of some exceptional performances in one-day and Twenty20 cricket, while he has spent time with the England Performance Programme camps during the winter months.
In 2010/11, Parry spent time in the national system in Australia and likewise in 2011/12 on the sub-continent.
Since taking five wickets on his first-class debut against Durham University in April of 2007, the former Old Trafford academy and scholarship player has only played two more matches against the red ball.
He played in two LV= County Championship matches against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and Durham at Old Trafford in 2009, even opening the batting in the latter.
But, with Peter Moores saying before the 2012 campaign that Parry is making great strides with his four-day bowling, the Manchester-born player looks set to get his chance on two-spinner pitches or when Simon Kerrigan is away on international duty. He is preparing for the 2013 campaign with a winter of grade cricket in Perth.
Parry has made his name with the white ball, taking 54 wickets from 46 List A appearances to date and 59 from 51 Twenty20 outings.
He played for the Lions in a 50-over triangular match against India A at New Road in July, 2010, returning 3-48 from his ten overs. He picked up the wickets of Abhinav Mukund, Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhaman Saha, all who have since played full international cricket.
Parry's strength is his versatility. While bowling is obviously his main attribute, he is a more than useful batsman and another excellent fielder.
Prospering with the bat during a spell of grade cricket in Perth during the winter of 2010/11 gave him the confidence that he could turn himself into a genuine all-rounder, and that notion was only enhanced with a second XI Championship ton in the 2011 summer.
Parry has captained Lancashire's second string, and has been described as a young Daniel Vettori by Moores. He led the second string to one-day Trophy glory in September, 2012 when the Red Rose beat Durham by 76 runs at Crosby.
It is high praise indeed for the player who scooped Lancashire's Young Player of the Year award in 2009. He narrowly missed out on the magic moment award too after pulling off a stunning catch to dismiss Nottinghamshire's Adam Voges in a Twenty20 Cup group match at Old Trafford.
It was narrowly beaten by a Steven Croft wonder catch to get rid of Yorkshire's Michael Vaughan the night before. Ironically, Parry was the bowler and it was his maiden T20 scalp.
Parry has played club cricket in the Saddleworth League for Bamford Fieldhouse and in the Liverpool Competition for Northern and Firwood Bootle. He entered the Lancashire academy in 2004 before gaining a scholarship deal in 2007 and a professional deal 12 months later.
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