Stephen Parry on #GameofRoses
Stephen Parry talks upcoming Roses clash at Headingley
Lancashire slow left-armer Stephen Parry believes Friday’s game against Yorkshire could be the biggest short-form Roses match there has ever been.
The Pennine rivals go into the game tied on 11 points with both sides having played 11 games, but eight of the nine North Group teams still have a realistic chance of finishing in the top four and qualify for the semi-finals.
And Parry reckons the always fervid atmosphere at Headingley will be heightened by what is at stake on Friday evening.
“It’s always a big game but where we both are in the table puts a bit more on it,” he said. “And I didn’t think that was possible!
“It’s great to play in front of a crowd because that makes it like international cricket. You have to enjoy it but there’s also the rivalry, the passion of the fans and I think Friday’s game will be the biggest T20 Roses game we’ve played in.”
However, while the tension will no doubt be considerable at Leeds on Friday evening, Parry does not believe that defeat will end either side’s hopes of qualification.
“We both have tough games coming up but I think if Lancashire won two out of the three games we have remaining, we’d be unlucky to miss out because our run rate is good.
“Our form has been good. There’s only one match where we were outplayed and that was at Derby. The other games we’ve lost have been in the last over and we’ve won one in the last over too. It’s hard to gauge at times but the main thing is that we’re still in a position to qualify with three games to go.”
Lancashire go into Friday’s game having won won four and lost four of their 11 games. Two have been lost to the weather and the Roses match at Emirates Old Trafford ended in a tie when it was curtailed by heavy rain.
“We have been hit and miss but that happened in 2015 when we won the T20 and hopefully we can get some momentum going into the quarter-finals,” said Parry. “That’s always better than winning early on and then going to a quarter-final after you’ve been losing games. This is a great time to start winning T20 games.
“We’ve been a little bit inconsistent in the last few years and it would be nice to be in a position like Notts. But then if Notts lose their last three games they might not qualify. A side can still banana-skin it even after doing really well in the early games.
“One of the reasons we haven’t got home as easily as we might have is that the standard has got better and teams have got better.”
Bails and Ales drinks festival
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The Bails and Ales drinks festival will be the first of its kind for the biggest domestic cricket competition in the country, and will combine that festival atmosphere with exciting T20 cricket – with some of best named breweries coming together for this unique event including Heineken, JW Lees, Joseph Holt and Robinsons.
2017 Bails and Ales drinks festival dates
- Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids (including Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars) – Wed 16 Aug
- Lancashire Lightning v Birmingham Bears – Fri 18 Aug
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