Stephen Parry (cricketer)

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Stephen Parry
Stephen Parry bowling, 2012.JPG
Personal information
Full name Stephen David Parry
Born (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 (age 32)
Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting Right-hand
Bowling Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 234) 2 March 2014 v West Indies
Last ODI 5 March 2014 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 73
T20I debut (cap 67) 11 March 2014 v West Indies
Last T20I 27 November 2015 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no. 12 (previously 73)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Lancashire (squad no. 4)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 2 5 26 95
Runs scored 1 452 341
Batting average 1.00 15.06 12.62
100s/50s –/– 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 1 44 31
Balls bowled 114 96 3,863 4,126
Wickets 4 3 50 115
Bowling average 23.00 46.00 34.32 30.10
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 1
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/32 2/33 5/23 5/17
Catches/stumpings 0/– 2/– 7/– 32/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 September 2018

Stephen David Parry (born 12 January 1986) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a slow left-arm bowler who currently plays for Lancashire. Parry made his senior debut for Lancashire in 2007 and in 2009 was named Lancashire's Young Player of the Year.

From 2008 to 2012 Lancashire had two other left-arm orthodox spinners in their squad, with Parry competing with them for places in the team. Parry became established in Lancashire's limited overs teams, though played less frequently for the first-class side. Having previously represented England Lions, Parry made his One Day International debut against the West Indies in March 2014, and played his first Twenty20 International against the same opponents later that month.

Domestic career

Parry made two appearances in the 2005 Minor Counties Championship season, as well as appearing in the MCCA Trophy for Cumberland, and was both his league's Player of the Season and Bowler of the Season in helping his club Northern to their ECB Premier League championship success of that year.[1]

In the second innings of Parry's debut first-class match, against Durham UCCE in April 2007, he picked up five wickets, including that of former Derbyshire squad-member Christopher Paget, though he did not contribute with the bat. At the end of the 2009 season, Parry was named Lancashire's Young Player of the Year.[2]

In April 2010, immediately before the start of the English cricket season, Lancashire's experienced and established spinner, Gary Keedy, suffered a broken collar bone. With several months on the sidelines, Keedy's absence gave the opportunity to young spinners Parry and Simon Kerrigan to play first-team cricket. Lancashire coach Peter Moores said "We're lucky in some ways in that we've got Stephen Parry, who played quite a lot of first-team cricket last season, but we've also got Simon Kerrigan, who bowled beautifully to take six wickets in the pre-season game against Yorkshire in Barbados and we could also use Steven Crofty's off-spin".[3] Kerrigan was chosen ahead of Parry in the four-day team and cemented his place in the side.[4] However, following a string of impressive twenty20 performances for Lancashire Lightning during the 2010 season, Parry was called up to the England Lions squad for their triangular series with India A and West Indies A. At the time of his selection, he was Lancashire's leading wicket-taker in the 2010 Friends Provident t20,[5] and he finished as the competition's fourth-highest wicket-taker in 2010.[6] He made his debut for the Lions on 8 July in their victory over India A; Parry took three wickets in the match.[7]

Parry bowling in a twenty20 match against Durham in 2012

As in the previous year, Parry was unable to break into Lancashire's team in the 2011 County Championship,[8] but was a regular in the list A and twenty20 sides, playing 12 and 17 matches in the respective formats.[9][10] His 13 list A wickets cost on average 32.30 runs each,[11] while his 17 twenty20 wickets came at 24.94 runs apiece.[12] Speaking in 2011, Gary Keedy explained that he is concerned that spin bowlers who learn how to bowl in the one-day format before playing first-class cricket will not become as effective bowlers as those who transition the other way round. He remarked that Parry "is a very fine one-day bowler but I think he takes more pride in bowling a maiden than he does bowling somebody out."[13] Parry spent that December with the England Performance Programme Squad, and coach Peter Moores noted "when he worked with the England Performance Programme Squad ... they measured the amount of spin he was getting on the ball and it was as high as almost anybody they had worked with."[14]

While Parry was a regular feature in Lancashire's limited overs teams in 2012, Keedy and Kerrigan again shared spin bowling duties for the first-class side. In the hope of getting more exposure at first-class level, Parry considered moving to another club though eventually decided to remain at Lancashire. At the end of the 2012 season Keedy left to join Surrey to give Lancashire's younger spinners more opportunities.[15][16] During the YB40 in May Parry recorded figures of 5 wickets for 17 runs, the second-best return for a Lancashire spinner in List A cricket (second only to David Hughes' 6 for 29 in 1977).[17] The 2013 season saw Parry play three first-class matches for Lancashire, his first since 2009.[8]

International career

In February 2014, Parry was named in England's squad for the limited-overs series in West Indies and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.[18] On his debut he took 3 for 32 and was man of the match, in England's win in the second ODI against West Indies.[19] He followed this up with figures of 1-60, as England won by 25 runs. He played in the second T20 match between the two sides, taking figures of 0-17 in two overs as the West Indies won by five wickets. In the next match he took figures of 0-32 from his four overs.

Parry was part of the England squad for the 2014 T20 World Cup. He only played in one game, against the Netherlands, which England lost by 45 runs. He bowled two overs and finished with figures of 0-23, and was ran out for one when batting.

In November 2015, Parry was named in the England squad for the T20 series against Pakistan in the UAE.[20] He played in the first 2 matches of the series, taking 2 for 33 in the first match[21] and 1 for 33 in the second match.[22]


  1. ^ Stephen Parry is Player of the Year, October 2005, retrieved 2014-02-07
  2. ^ Ostick, Chris (30 September 2009), "Chilton lands Lancashire player of the year award", Manchester Evening News, retrieved 2011-09-23
  3. ^ Edwards, Paul (9 April 2009), Moores backs Parry and Kerrigan, Manchester Evening News, retrieved 2010-04-18
  4. ^ Ostick, Chris (25 June 2010), Parry eyes spin perfection, Manchester Evening News, retrieved 2010-07-10
  5. ^ Lancashire's Stephen Parry called up to England Lions, BBC Sport, 6 July 2010, retrieved 2010-07-07
  6. ^ Friends Provident t20, 2010 / Records / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-01-12
  7. ^ Cricinfo staff (8 July 2010), Andrew Gale stars in England Lions' title win, Cricinfo, retrieved 2010-07-10
  8. ^ a b First-class Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Stephen Parry, CricketArchive, retrieved 2011-11-06
  9. ^ ListA Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Stephen Parry, CricketArchive, retrieved 2011-11-06
  10. ^ Twenty20 Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Stephen Parry, CricketArchive, retrieved 2011-11-06
  11. ^ ListA Bowling in Each Season by Stephen Parry, CricketArchive, retrieved 2011-11-06
  12. ^ Twenty20 Bowling in Each Season by Stephen Parry, CricketArchive, retrieved 2011-11-06
  13. ^ Stern 2011, p. 42
  14. ^ Ostick, Chris (19 April 2012). "Stephen Parry vies with Red Rose rivals Gary Keedy and Simon Kerrigan". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  15. ^ Ostick, Chris (21 May 2013). "Peter Moores: Stephen Parry shows decision to let Gary Keedy go was the right one". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  16. ^ Ostick, Chris (5 April 2013). "Stephen Parry ready to play major role". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  17. ^ Ostick, Chris (20 May 2013). "Stephen Parry upstages returning legend". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  18. ^ Stephen Parry named in England squads, BBC Sport, 6 February 2014, retrieved 2014-02-07
  19. ^ Stephen Parry named man of the match on his international debut, BBC Sport, 2 March 2014, retrieved 2014-03-02
  20. ^ "England tour to UAE to face Pakistan 2015 - T20 Squad | England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) - The Official Website of the ECB". Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  21. ^ "1st T20I: England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 26, 2015 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  22. ^ "2nd T20I: England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 27, 2015 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  • Stern, John (November 2011), "Substance behind the spin?", The Cricketer, vol. 9 no. 2, pp. 42&ndash, 44

External links

  • Stephen Parry at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Stephen Parry at ESPNcricinfo
  • Interview with Parry after his ODI debut (March 2014)
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