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Vote for September's Player of the Month

Vote for September's Player of the Month

Three players are in the running for September & October's Player of the Month, sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn

Vote now for your Lancashire Cricket Player of the Month for September and October, sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn.

Alex Davies, Matt Parkinson and Steven Croft are all in the running to pick up the final award of the season, after Davies was voted the Hilton Garden Inn Player of the Month for August.

Hilton Garden Inn are offering a one-night, bed and breakfast stay for one lucky voter drawn at random once the voting closes at midday on Monday 12 October.

The stay is valid until August 2021, subject to availability, excludes major event days and is for a maximum of 2 adults.

See below for the nominees and vote using the poll at the bottom of the page.

Alex Davies

August's Hilton Garden Inn Player of the Month has had another solid month, concluding a year in which he has again impressed with bat, gloves and in the field when called upon.

In the sole Bob Willis Trophy match within the period, Davies hit 86 in an 138-run opening stand with Keaton Jennings to take the game away from Derbyshire after establishing a slender first innings advantage.

It completed a solid, shortened First-Class campaign for the right-hander in which he scored 337 runs at an average of just under 50 with four half-centuries.

In Vitality Blast, Davies added another 152 runs to his tally as the Lightning reached the semi-final stage.

His highest score of the month came against Leicestershire Foxes, scoring 52, but his stock has risen even higher behind the stumps.

A total of 12 dismissals was the highest in the competition and his sharp work earned six stumpings, the most of any player in this year's Vitality Blast. As a consequence, he was named in The Cricketer Magazine's Vitality Blast Team of the Year.

And while fielding against Yorkshire Vikings at Emirates Old Trafford with George Lavelle taking the gloves, he managed two run outs - including the key removal of Adam Lyth - to help Lancashire fight back for a win that ultimately sealed a quarter-final spot.

Matt Parkinson

Matt Parkinson endured a frustrating time at the beginning of the 2020 season, missing a portion of fixtures due to an injury picked up while in England's training bubble at The Ageas Bowl.

The leg-spinner took time to find his best form but bounced back to close out the end of this campaign in terrific fashion.

Parky has now taken 35 Vitality Blast wickets in the last two summers, more than anyone else, 12 of which came during the run to the semi-finals during September and October.

Few enjoy the occasion of a Roses fixture more than the 23-year-old and it was at Emerald Headingley where he kickstarted his campaign, taking 3/25 including the vital wicket of Dawid Malan, the turning point of the innings.

He added one apiece in the next three matches before delivering yet another match-defining set at Sussex in the quarter-final, taking three wickets in four balls to finish with 3/9 as the spinners wreaked havoc to see the Lightning to a famous win.

And he wasn't done there. In the semi-final against Notts Outlaws, he produced one of the balls of the tournament to remove Alex Hales and hand his side a lifeline in the game.

His overall haul of 15 for the competition was Lancashire's best and equal fourth in the whole competition alongside Surrey's Reece Topley.

Steven Croft

The veteran just keeps on impressing for the Red Rose.

The 36-year-old was Lancashire Lightning's most consistent performer with the bat during the last five weeks of the season, passing 30 five times in seven innings' to finish the period with 232 Vitality Blast runs.

Croft has enjoyed the freedom of batting at number three but has shown the capability to play a contrasting style of innings.

Against Yorkshire Vikings at Emirates Old Trafford, his 58 came off 45 balls with six boundaries and his semi-final 33 against Notts Outlaws came in a quickfire burst of 22 balls in an 11-over-a-side fixture.

But at Sussex, 41 at just over a run-a-ball proved a match-winning innings on what was an incredible tricky pitch, despite everyone expecting conditions to the contrary before the game started.

He has been the rock of the Lightning's batting line-up throughout the Vitality Blast.

 
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