Spinner Jack Morley has not yet played 20 times for Lancashire’s first team, but he has shown that he is an extremely exciting spin bowling prospect to supplement the likes of Matthew Parkinson and his fellow left-armer Tom Hartley.
He has claimed 17 wickets in four career first-class appearances since debuting in the Bob Willis Trophy in the Covid-affected summer of 2020, including two four-wicket hauls and a five-for.
He claimed 4-62 in the second innings of a debut win over Derbyshire at Liverpool before 4-91 in the first innings of an early season Championship win over Gloucestershire at Emirates Old Trafford in 2022.
Later in the summer, Morley claimed seven wickets in the high-scoring draw against Somerset at Southport, including 5-69 in the second innings.
The Rochdale-born twirler also played six times in the One-Day Cup, the last of them in the quarter-final win over Nottinghamshire at Blackpool.
The previous summer’s One-Day Cup actually proved somewhat of a breakthrough campaign for Morley, him taking nine wickets in seven outings. He later described it as, “The best period of my life in term of cricket”.
Either side of that, he returned hauls of 7-59 and and 6-54 in second-team Championship matches against Glamorgan and Durham, the latter contributing to a victory.
The product of the Heywood club is an admirer of Ashes spinners Jack Leach and Nathan Lyon due to their control.
He played age-group cricket for Lancashire’s Under 15s and 17s and joined the county’s Academy in 2018, signing his maiden professional contract ahead of 2019.
Morley has also tasted ECB Super 4s cricket - a competition for the most talented young players in the country - and went on to play for the England Under 19s in the 2019 summer.
He is yet to make his first-team T20 debut for the Lightning, but he claimed seven wickets in as many matches in the 2018 second-team T20 triumph, including 2-5 from two overs in a rain-affected final victory over Essex at Arundel.