Alex Davies has solidified a position as Lancashire’s opener across all formats.
A product of the Red Rose Academy, Davies made his senior debut in 2011 and has gone on to become one of the Club’s most reliable and consistent performers, earning selection as a specialist batsman with wicketkeeping opportunities limited in recent years.
Holder of the Club’s third highest List A score in history, Davies also received the Man of the Match award in the final when Lancashire won the T20 Blast in 2015.
Having represented Lancashire at every youth age group, he joined the Academy at the end of 2010 before being awarded a joint Academy/Scholarship contract for 2012.
He made his First XI debut in a 40-over game against Glamorgan in 2011 two days before his 17th birthday, becoming Lancashire’s youngest ever one-day player in the process, then made his First-Class debut against Surrey at Liverpool at the end of the 2012 Championship season.
Lancashire signed England limited overs wicketkeeper Buttler ahead of the 2014, and they made no secret of their plan to give him first crack with the gloves. But with Buttler’s graduation through to Test cricket during that summer, there were plenty of opportunity for Davies in all forms of the games.
In 2015, Davies hit scores of 89 and 99 in the County Championship as he searched for his maiden First-Class century.
And he was also awarded Man of the Match for his display opening the batting in the T20 Blast final against Northamptonshire as Lancashire lifted the trophy for the first time in the Club’s history, hitting 47 off 26 balls in a winning total of 166-7.
2016 was beset by a knee injury which severely limited his playing time and threatened to derail a burgeoning career, but he bounced back in style during the following year and has not looked back since.
Back to full fitness, he hit three centuries and as many fifties in a haul of 916 Championship runs, the best in Lancashire’s squad, including a brilliant 140 against Essex at Chelmsford. He also claimed 48 dismissals behind the stumps, the third best haul in Division One.
Across all First-Class matches Davies posted 1,046 First-Class runs during the summer of 2017, becoming the first wicketkeeper in Lancashire history to achieve that feat.
He was also capped during the final game of the season against Surrey before earning a Lions call-up for their winter camp in Australia, featuring in their fixtures Down Under including a match against Perth Scorchers in a test event for the brand-new Optus Stadium. Davies has since featured regularly for the Lions and scored his first hundred against India ‘A’ at the start of 2019.
Back to county matters, Davies kickstarted 2018 by writing his name into the record books, scoring 147 in a 50-over match against Durham at Emirates Old Trafford.
He went on to have an exceptional T20 Blast season, too, finishing as the tournament’s fourth highest run-scorer (534) and notching his career-best, 94 not out against Leicestershire.
By now a senior member of the dressing room, Davies’ best knocks of 2019 tended to come in high pressure situations. His sole century came in a superb 147 at Northamptonshire, stabilising the innings in one of the few times Lancashire came under pressure during an unbeaten season.
His unbeaten 75 against the same opposition, this time in T20 cricket, showed his ability to control the chase and a knock of 80 not out in the quarter-final against Essex was invaluable as those around him struggled to adapt to conditions up in Durham.