Tom Hartley is fast becoming a spin bowler to be reckoned with across all formats of the game and enjoyed notable preparation for the 2023 summer courtesy of an England Lions tour to Sri Lanka.
The Ormskirk-born left-armer played red and white ball cricket on tour, with a trio of competitive appearances coming against the home A side in 50-over cricket. He claimed one wicket in a 2-1 series defeat having earlier played in a three-day warm-up match.
It actually says a lot about 23-year-old Hartley’s development that those trio of one-day games were his first in List A cricket.
He has never played for Lancashire in the One-Day Cup, largely because of his selection for the Manchester Originals across the first two years of the Hundred.
The summer of 2022 was an excellent one for Hartley. He claimed 28 wickets in 20 appearances in LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality Blast cricket for the Red Rose, saving his best for last.
In the season-ending Division One win over already crowned champions Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford, he claimed eight wickets with 5-52 in the second innings.
He claimed 17 wickets in as many Blast appearances, including seven two-wicket returns. One of those was also supplemented by a breezy 19 off nine balls down the order to secure a thrilling win over Birmingham at Old Trafford in the final North Group game.
His second of two sixes helped gain 13 off the last as the Lightning chased down 169 with three balls remaining.
Hartley helped Lancashire finish second in the Blast - they were beaten finalists by Hampshire - and second in the Championship. He was also a beaten finalist in the Hundred with the Originals, who lost out to Trent Rockets in early September. He matched Matthew Parkinson’s haul of 11 wickets in that competition.
Continuing the theme of near misses, he was also a beaten finalist at the end of 2022 in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Hartley - a second-team T20 Trophy winner in 2018 - made his first-team bows in 2020, firstly in the Bob Willis Trophy and then in the Blast.
Since his Blast debut, he has been a near ever-present for Lancashire in T20 cricket and is highly likely to reach 50 career appearances for the county in that format in 2023. He has struck 35 times with a best of 4-16.
He is a tall bowler with excellent control and is the son of former runner Bill, who won 4x400m gold at the European Championships in 1974. He was also a Commonwealth Games silver medalist in the same discipline in Christchurch that year.
During that aforementioned second-team T20 success in 2018, Tom claimed 3-12 in the final victory over Essex at Arundel.