Matt Parkinson to remain at Durham for County Championship run-in

Having played a match-winning role against Sussex, the legspinner will stay on to face Worcestershire and Leicestershire, bringing an end to his career with boyhood club Lancashire


Durham have snapped up Matt Parkinson for the remainder of the season, essentially drawing an end to the legspinner's career at Lancashire.

The 26-year-old has spent much of the four-day campaign at Chester-Le-Street across various loan spells.

He returned at the start of the month, initially for the visit of Sussex, but that deal has been extended to include the trip to Worcestershire and home clash with Leicestershire.

He claimed 8 for 138 against Sussex as part of a seven-wicket win to take Scott Borthwick's side to the brink of promotion back to Division One, increasing his tally to 19 in six matches for Durham.


Parkinson's haul means Durham are on the brink of promotion (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

In June, it was announced the England all-format international will join Kent on a three-year deal running until 2026 from November. "The time is right for me to embrace a new challenge and environment," he said at the time of the announcement.

Extension to his stay in the North East brings an end to a Lancashire career comprising 135 matches across formats, during which he took 274 wickets.

Though highly thought of by Lancashire followers at Old Trafford, his England prospects haven't improved of late and he was overlooked for a deal in The Hundred after being let go by Manchester Originals.

Parkinson has played a dozen times for his country, most recently last summer when his Test debut came as a concussion substitute for Jack Leach against New Zealand at Lord's.

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