Lancashire CCC pair put pen to paper

Lancashire's Stephen Parry
Lancashire's Stephen Parry

Lancashire Cricket Club duo Stephen Parry and Dane Vilas have signed contract extensions until – at least – the end of the 2019 season.

Ahead of 2017, Parry, who first joined the Lancashire Cricket Academy in 2004, had only played nine first class matches across his career.

Last year alone, the left-arm spinner played 14 matches – 13 in the Championship – and took 29 wickets with a best of 5-45.

Parry said: “I’ve always loved playing for the Red Rose and I am delighted to have signed this new contract.

“We’ve got a very talented group of players in the changing room at the moment and it’s an exciting time to be playing for Lancashire.

“We made some really good progress last year and it’s important we build on that in 2018.

“As a group, we’re all desperate to win more silverware for the club and hopefully we can achieve that in the next few years.”

Vilas, who joined Lancashire last winter, hit 662 runs in last year’s Specsavers County Championship which included a double century against Hampshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

The 32 year-old also hit two centuries in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2017, against Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford and away at Durham.

Vilas added: “I really appreciate the opportunity to extend my contract with Lancashire.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first season in county cricket last year.

“There were lots of positives for us to take from 2017 and we are determined to keep improving as a squad.

“Everyone at the club was so welcoming with myself and my family last year and I’m very excited to continue playing my cricket at Emirates Old Trafford.

“As a team, we want to be challenging for silverware and we have all the qualities to do that with the squad we have.”

Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: “Stephen is someone who embodies what it means to be a Lancashire player and his experience is of great benefit to the younger guys in the dressing room.

“Dane had an impressive first year both on and off the field. He has become a very important part of our changing room.”