Parkinson signs for Leicestershire

Leicestershire CCC are delighted to announce the signing of left arm spinner Callum Parkinson from Derbyshire on a two-year contract.

The talented teenager came through the Lancashire youth system and has recently been part of the Derbyshire Academy.

Parkinson was then called into the Derbyshire squad for their Specsavers County Championship game here at the Fischer County Ground, where he made a big impression.

Bowling with good control, turn and bounce, Parkinson took 4-90 in the first innings and followed that up with 3-88 in the second innings. He also scored 48 with the bat when coming in at number eleven to ensure the visitors were in a much stronger position after an innings apiece.

Parkinson is the twin brother of Lancashire leg-spinner Matthew, who has also had a good breakthrough year at Emirates Old Trafford including a five-wicket haul against Warwickshire.

The duo played their club cricket at Urmston in the Cheshire League, a venue that Leicestershire Second XI played at this summer, and became the first twins to represent Staffordshire in 2015.  

Parkinson becomes the latest player to sign for Leicestershire having previously made an impression in the north-west, following Dieter Klein, Harry Dearden and Gavin Griffiths.

Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “We’ve been looking to add to our spin department and Callum Parkinson will be an excellent addition for us.

“Callum bowled really well against us in both games of the Specsavers County Championship game for Derbyshire, especially at the Fischer County Ground, where he bowled with excellent control for a young spinner on debut.

“He also showed his ability with the bat, and caught the eye with both his performance and temperament. We look forward to Callum joining us and challenging for a First XI place in 2017.”

* Thanks to Ed Melia for the photograph of Callum.