BOLTONIAN international cricketer Matt Parkinson is delighted to extend his stay with his home county Lancashire after signing a contract extension until the end of the 2023 season.

The former Bolton School pupil and Heaton youngster is now 25 and has made 106 appearances for the Red Rose since making his First-Class debut against Warwickshire in 2016.

The nine-time England international has become a key component in all three formats for Glen Chapple’s side and is widely regarded as one of T20 cricket’s most-feared spin bowlers, claiming 103 wickets in the format at an average of 17.

In 2021, Parkinson enjoyed his most productive summer in red ball cricket taking 36 wickets at an average of just over 20, and he has 11 international wickets to his name.

Now his club future for the next two years is certain and Parkinson said: “It is a great feeling to know that I will be playing my cricket at Emirates Old Trafford for another two seasons and hopefully many more after that.

“The Club has shown great faith in me since my early days in the Academy as a 13-year-old and I hope that my performances in recent years have repaid their trust and will continue to do so.

“Last year felt like a real breakthrough season for me in red ball cricket and it was brilliant to be able to contribute to so many winning performances.

“We came so close to bringing a trophy back to Emirates Old Trafford last summer and I think with the squad we have built here and the hard work we are putting in, it is just a matter of time before we achieve something really special.”

Director of Cricket Mark Chilton also commented: “Parky is regarded as one of the world’s best white ball spinners and we are thrilled that we have secured his services for at least another two seasons.

“His red ball bowling has improved immensely in the last couple of years and, even at 25, Matt is now one of our more experienced players with over 100 appearances in all formats behind him.

“He is very much the leader of our young crop of spin bowlers, and we will be looking for him to pass on his experiences to the likes of Tom Hartley and Jack Morley.”