England and Manchester Originals wrist-spinner Matt Parkinson invoked the feelings of watching the great Shane Warne operate against Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series with an absolute peach to dismiss Birmingham Phoenix batsman Chris Cooke in The Hundred on Saturday (July 25).
As Warne did against Gatting, Parkinson got Cooke bowled with a ball pitching well down the leg side before it turned prodigiously upon pitching to hit the off-stump. It was a perfect ball, summing up the kind of form that Parkinson has enter his maiden 100-ball stint in.
The wrist-spinner got three more wickets on the day, including that Liam Livingstone, conceding just 9 runs off the 19 deliveries he bowled. The excellent spell from Lancashire cricketer ensured that the Originals dismissed their opposition for a score of just 87 and opened their campaign with a comfortable victory.
Matt Parkinson enters maiden stint in The Hundred in stellar form
It has been a fantastic summer so far for Matt Parkinson, who recently made his comeback to the England ODI side via the series against Pakistan. Despite bowling to some of the best players of spin, Parkinson took five wickets from his three outings at an average of 28.00 while conceding a respectable 5.83 runs per over.
Parkinson made his return to the 50-over unit only because Adil Rashid was out due to the COVID-19 scare in the camp, but ended up proving himself a worthy backup to England’s first-choice wrist-spinner.
The 24-year-old bowler had gotten the nod for the Pakistan series after delivering strong performances in the T20 Blast. Playing for Lancashire, he has taken 13 wickets in the Blast this summer at an average of 23.20 and an economy rate of 8.41.
In his overall T20 career, Matt Parkinson has now taken 99 wickets from 63 games while conceding 7.49 runs per over. As a List A bowler, he has contributed 47 scalps from his 30 outings at an average of 28.41 and an economy rate of 5.23.
Notably, it is not just the T20 and List A formats where Parkinson has shined, he also has an exceptional first-class record to his name. He has bagged 86 red-ball wickets from 26 matches at just 23.69 per piece.