Matt Parkinson joins Durham from Lancashire on a short-term loan deal

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Matt Parkinson will play for Durham against Derbyshire in the LV= County Championship on Thursday, having joined the Lancashire club on a two-week loan spell.
Legspinner Parkinson, 26, has played in just one of Lancashire’s three Championship matches to date, taking 5 for 120 in the second innings against Surrey, and will join the Durham line-up replacing injured Australian spinner, Matt Kuhnemann.

The extra playing time comes in handy for Parkinson, who was left out of international requirements this winter and was also overlooked in last month’s Hundred draft. He made 12 appearances for England in various formats, including a lone Test appearance against New Zealand at Lord’s last summer when he was called up as a concussion replacement for Jack Leach.

“Following talks between Matt and the club’s coaching staff, it was agreed that playing time in the County Championship would be preferable,” said Mark Chilton, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Performance.

“Earlier this week Matt presented himself with the opportunity to join Durham on loan and the deal has been agreed between both counties and the player.

“This is a great opportunity for him to get some more overs under his belt in a more competitive environment. We look forward to seeing how he performs and welcoming him back to the side.”

Kuhnemann himself had replaced compatriot Todd Murphy at Durham, but was unable to take the field on the final day of their tie against Durham due to a back problem, and will be further assessed by the club’s medical staff.

Parkinson’s two-week stint includes a lone championship game. Durham is one of ten teams in action this week, with Lancashire sitting out the round ahead of their game against Nottinghamshire starting at Trent Bridge on May 4, for which he is now ineligible.

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