|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 promises to change in the years to come with him now having moved up the pecking order following Gary Keedy’s departure.
With Keedy having left ahead of the 2013 campaign, it would therefore have been mightily frustrating for the 27-year-old that he missed the vast majority of the back end of the summer with a broken arm, suffered during a freak accident whilst batting in the nets.
He would have hoped to have played more than the three matches he managed having started the season as the club’s number two spinner in the Championship behind Simon Kerrigan.
There was still a career highlight prior to his injury, with him claiming a career best 5-17 in a 40-over win against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford in May. His figures were also the joint second best by a Lancashire player in the history of one-day cricket.
And, ironically, Keedy was playing for Surrey in the same match. At the end of the summer he also led the seconds to one-day and Championship title glory.
Parry, who will be 28 at the start of the 2014 campaign, 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 had his opportunities against the red ball limited, as aforementioned.
He played in two County Championship matches against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and Durham at Old Trafford in 2009, even opening the batting in the latter.
Parry has made his name with the white ball. On the back of some consistent performances for the Lightning, 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 Peter 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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