Full name Arron Mark Lilley
Born April 1, 1991, Tameside, Lancashire
Current age 27 years 295 days
Major teams Lancashire, Lancashire 2nd XI, Lancashire Under-13s, Lancashire Under-15s, Lancashire Under-17s, Lancashire Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Mossley Hollins High School
|First-class debut||Lancashire v Glamorgan at Manchester, Jul 15-18, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Hampshire at Manchester, Jun 25-28, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Worcestershire v Lancashire at Worcester, Aug 27, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Manchester, May 17, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds, Jul 5, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Worcestershire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Sep 15, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|23||Lancashire||v Worcs||Birmingham||15 Sep 2018||T20|
|0/7, 9||Lancashire||v Kent||Canterbury||23 Aug 2018||T20|
|10, 0/29||Lancashire||v Bears||Birmingham||15 Aug 2018||T20|
|2||Lancashire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||12 Aug 2018||T20|
|11||Lancashire||v Bears||Manchester||10 Aug 2018||T20|
|47||Lancashire||v Yorkshire||Leeds||9 Aug 2018||T20|
|28||Lancashire||v Durham||Manchester||7 Aug 2018||T20|
|4, 0/39||Lancashire||v Leics||Manchester||3 Aug 2018||T20|
|0||Lancashire||v Notts||Nottingham||27 Jul 2018||T20|
|1/41, 52, 3/50||Lancs 2nd XI||v MCC YC||High Wycombe||24 Jul 2018||Other|
Arron Lilley, an offspinning allrounder, was primarily used as a T20 specialist by Lancashire. When he was released at the end of 2018, Leicestershire had wider ambitions, hoping that he could develop into a useful player in all formats, an ambition also shared by the player himself. He had played only 14 first-class matches by the time he left, at 27, but a batting average of 32 and bowling average of 36 suggested there was something to work on. His economy rate was decent, at 7.31, and Lancashire also used him as a pinch hitter at No 3.
Lilley's T20 reputation was higher. He played a key role as Lancashire ended a 16-year wait without a limited-overs trophy by winning the NatWest Blast at Edgbaston in 2015. Lilley and his fellow spinner Stephen Parry had strangled opponents all season, both conceding less than seven runs an over, and their combination was a decisive factor on a slow surface.
Lilley, who fires in his offspin at a pace that would even have made an illustrious predecessor "Flat Jack" Simmons blush, joined Lancashire's Academy in 2011 after making his Second XI debut in 2010. He was a key member of the Lancashire side that won the Second XI Trophy in 2012, taking 19 wickets. He made his senior debut in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Worcestershire in the same season but the match was abandoned before he had chance to bat or bowl.
His standing grew the following season, where his bowling impressed in the limited-overs game to add to Lancashire's plentiful spin options. There was progress in the Championship, too, nothing better than a career-best 5 for 23 against Derbyshire at Southport in Lancashire's promotion year in 2015, but that did not bring regular opportunities for a county that tended to view its spinners as short-format options.