Parkinson enjoys best feeling

26 April 2021 20:21:06 GMTPlus10

Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson insists his side's County Championship thrashing of Kent at Canterbury was the "best four-day win" of his career.

Lancs moved top of Group Three after they made light work of Kent, winning by an innings and five runs, with the Red Rose having kicked off the new campaign with a well-earned draw against Sussex, before outclassing Northamptonshire in a 206-run triumph.

And Parkinson stole the show against Kent, finishing with figures of 7-126 as the Spitfires were bowled all out for 351 in their second innings.

Danny Lamb, who had scored 125 on day two, also claimed 2-57, but it was Parkinson's wrist spin which enabled them to pick up the 22 points.

The leg-spinner, who was named as a reserve player in England's Test squad for their series against India in January, sealed the win when he drew an inside edge from Miguel Cummins.

Kent remain second bottom of the group, having previously lost to Yorkshire and been held to a draw by Northamptonshire.

Speaking after the victory, Parkinson said: "It was probably the best four-day win I've had. We fielded for 130 overs and there were times when we did doubt that we would win, but I think that's part of the attitude of the team now that on any surface, with any score, we'd back our bowlers.

"It was nice to get two wickets in the first innings, I think that probably calmed me down a bit."

He added: "I was a bit nervous about going from Old Trafford, which I'm used to, to a very flat surface, but I relaxed into a long spell."

Lancashire are 17/20 to win Group 3 of the County Championship, with Yorkshire priced at 21/20.

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