When Lancashire set off to Dubai for pre season last week, little did they think that they would be returning home with just one win and an injury to one of their best bowlers.
Leg spinner Matt Parkinson, 22, was hit on the chin from a shot by Mark Stoneman whilst playing against Surrey in a T10 game.
Although scans revealed there were no fractures, surgery was required to repair a deep cut.
Parkinson took to Twitter in a humorous way by saying: “strongest chin on the county circuit don’t @ me”
The England Lions bowler has had his fair share of injuries since the turn of the year – he missed out on playing in the ‘Big Bash’ in Australia after suffering a stress fracture in his back.
Lancashire have said Parkinson has returned home but did not reveal how much longer he would be out for.
The injury capped off a poor first week for the Red Rose county in Dubai were they were scheduled to play three one-day fixtures, one two-day red ball fixture and a T10 competition.
They lost to Surrey by eight wickets despite a century by Alex Davies and a 99 from Brooke Guest. Lancashire scored 280 all out but Surrey chased down the total with ease with Mark Stoneman and Ollie Pope hitting tons.
They then lost to the USA by six wickets in the second one-dayer, a young Lancs side scoring a disappointing 221 all out.
The club were then humiliated in the T10 tournament as they were on the receiving end of a 25 ball century from Surrey’s Will Jacks in a total of 176, with Lancashire falling 95 runs short.
Sunday’s six wicket win against the ICC Academy restored a bit of pride as 21-year-old Brooke Guest again in the runs with 90 not out as the side chased down 230 after George Balderson had earlier taken 3/37.
Lancashire take on the UAE on Tuesday at the ICC Academy in a two day red ball fixture..