Lancashire duo clinch new deals

Davies - new contract
Davies - new contract
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Alex Davies and Matthew Parkinson have become the latest Lancashire County Cricket Club players to commit their future at Old Trafford.

Wicketkeeper Davies, who was voted the club’s young player of the year and short-listed for the breakthrough player award in 2015, played in all Lancashire’s matches last season apart from the final two County Championship matches due to a knee injury.

He made his Red Rose debut as a 16-year-old in a 40-over game against Glamorgan in 2011 before making his first class debut a year later at Aigburth.

The 21-year-old Davies, who hails from Darwen, has also represented England at under 19 level and opened the batting for the young Three Lions in the under 19s World Cup in Australia in 2012.

During the 2015 domestic season he scored five half-centuries and averaged a touch over 40 while recording 50 dismissals in red ball cricket as Lancashire sealed promotion back to the first division of the County Championship.

Davies has also had spells playing for Lytham in the Liverpool and District Competition.

Bolton-born leg-spinner Parkinson, 18, signed his first professional contract with Lancashire last year and has played age group cricket for the Red Rose since the age of 12.

He was also part of the under 17s side which won the Royal London One Day Cup and shared the two-day Championship title with Surrey in 2014.

He has represented England at under 19 level and took six wickets on his debut against South Africa under 19s.

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said: “Alex is an exciting talent and is very much a key member of our squad - you almost seem to forget that he’s only 21.

“With Jos Butler being away with England, Alex has stepped up and made excellent contributions not only with the gloves but also with the bat.

“Matty is another talented youngster and he will play an important part for Lancashire in the future.”