VOTE: Hilton Garden Inn July Player of the Month
Voting is now open for Lancashire Cricket’s Hilton Garden Inn Player of the Month award for July.
Hilton Garden Inn are offering one voter, selected at random, a free two-night hotel stay at a Hilton Garden Inn worldwide. The winner will be notified once the voting closes on Wednesday 7 August.
The nominees are as follows:
Already enjoying an impressive first season as captain of the Red Rose, wicket keeper Dane Vilas enjoyed similarly good individual performances during the month.
Beginning with a resolute knock on the final day at Northampton to preserve his side’s unbeaten status in the Specsavers County Championship, Vilas returned home to hit his maiden first-class century of the season in the innings victory against Sussex.
He has added 67 runs in two Vitality Blast innings’, including a quickfire 43 against Yorkshire, overseeing an unbeaten start through five games of the competition.
Featuring in his first Championship outing of the season, Matt Parkinson returned a maiden career ten-for in a superb display of leg spin bowling against Sussex.
His 6/23 during the first two sessions of the match were career-best figures, too, as he finished with 10/165 in the match.
A key cog in last season’s run to the Vitality Blast semi-finals, Parkinson has already added six T20 wickets in three appearances with a best of 3/30 against Durham at Emirates Old Trafford.
Davies’ first-class form in July was exceptional, striking 272 runs at an average of nearly 91 including a maiden first-class century of the season at Northampton.
He scored nearly half of Lancashire’s first innings runs during that match, scoring a career-best 147 from a total of 315 before a half-century in the second innings. The 24-year-old followed up with 72 against Sussex.
The right-hander has also started the Vitality Blast campaign in positive fashion, hitting 78 from three innings’ at the top of the order. His second six off Brydon Carse in the match against Durham cleared the Red Rose
The Lancashire all-rounder is enjoying a fine season and continued his excellent form throughout the month of July.
The 34-year-old hit an important, resilient 78 in the away draw at Northants in the Specsavers County Championship, helping to recover from the early loss of wickets after the hosts racked up 442.
Returning to the top of the order in Vitality Blast for the first time since 2011, Croft struck an unbeaten 65 in the home opener against Durham and added the important first over wicket of Adam Lyth in the Roses victory at Headingley.