If you go down the memory lane and think about the best balls ever bowled in cricket, Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’ in the 1993 Ashes, where he bamboozled Mike Gatting with a peach, will be right up there with the best. The Australian deceived Gatting with a beautiful in-drifter that pitched on leg and spun past the outside edge to hit the timber.
Recreating Warne’s magical delivery, Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson pulled off a similar delivery during their County match against Northamptonshire. Interestingly, it’s the same venue, Old Trafford, where Warne delivered the stunner.
Bowling to Northamptonshire captain Adam Rossington, Parkinson bowled a floater that drifted in to land at the leg stump and then spun sharply, beating Rossington’s casual effort to play the ball, and hitting the top of the off-stump. Parkinson was over the moon after bowling that peach. The ball was so good that even the best batsmen would have struggled to get bat to the ball. The delivery meant that Rossington was denied a 50. The skipper was dismissed one run short of a half-century.
Ball of the century? 😳 @mattyparky96 #LVCountyChamp live: https://t.co/SyebMiubg3 pic.twitter.com/Wf93spCqz3
— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 16, 2021
Parkinson’s magnificent bowling spell, where he returned with figures of 3-49, helped Lancashire bowl out Northamptonshire for 177 in response to Lancashire’s 305 in the first inning. In their second inning, Lancashire are 60-0 at the end of Day 2. Keaton Jennings is batting at 23 while Alex Davies is looking good at 36.
It's 25 years today since THAT ball!
Mike Gatting recalls Shane Warne's "ball of the century"… pic.twitter.com/UqhRwyxraU
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 4, 2018
Parkinson has been performing well in England’s domestic circuit for quite some time now. He made his debut for England against New Zealand in 2019 but hasn’t got a lot of opportunities. He has played 2 ODIs and 2 T20Is for England and has accounted for 0 and 5 wickets respectively.
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