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Callum Parkinson extends stay with Leicestershire Foxes

Callum Parkinson extends stay with Leicestershire Foxes
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Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that slow left arm spinner Callum Parkinson has extended his stay at the club until at least the end of the 2020 season.

The 22-year-old was a virtual ever-present in the Foxes side in all formats in 2018, demonstrating his versatility by bowling well with the red, pink and white ball.

In his career to date, Parkinson has taken 41 first-class wickets with a best return of eight for 148 and won the club’s Vitality Blast Player of the Year in 2018 after claiming 15 victims for the second season in succession.

Parkinson’s best T20 haul of four for 20 came during the brilliant victory at Birmingham Bears last year, and he has also maintained an impressive economy rate of under eight in his 29 appearances.

As well as being a reliable figure with the ball, Parkinson has continued to work hard on his batting. He recorded a career-best 75 at Kent CCC in 2017, posted a fine half-century against Notts Outlaws in the 50-over competition in 2018, and can also add quick runs in T20.

Parkinson said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Foxes and have learned a great deal. It was an honour to win the T20 player of the year, a competition where I had the privilege of playing alongside Mohammad Nabi, who is world-class.

“We showed great progression in the [Specsavers County] Championship, and it was enjoyable to play in a number of fine wins. Everything is geared up for further progression and I’m delighted to be a part of the club.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Parky [Callum Parkinson] is a talented young spinner who works tirelessly on his game. He has experience of ECB programmes and working with former Fox [ECB Spin Bowling Lead] Peter Such as well as Matt Mason, Carl Crowe and Mohammad Nabi here.

“Callum is a versatile performer who will continue to mature. I played with a brilliant left arm spinner in Claude Henderson, who got better and better as his career developed.

“As well as Callum extending his contract, we also further strengthened our spin department with the signing of Arron Lilley, so we have a number of excellent spin options to go alongside a strong seam bowling unit for the 2019 season.”

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