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Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 28 March 2021

liam livingstone.pngDespite the series defeat in India there was plenty for Cumbrian cricket fans to feel pleased with in England’s performances. 

Liam Livingstone (pictured) was called-up for the last two games after an injury to skipper Eion Morgan, and made decent contributions in both.

Today in the series decider, which England lost by seven runs, he made a useful 36 which included four f ours and a six before he was out caught and bowled when he got the toe end of the bat on a delivery from Shardul Thakur.

He had helped Dawid Malan put on 60 for the fifth wicket to get the innings moving again, although it needed a brilliant 95 not out from Sam Curran, batting at eight, to get England as close as they did. 

Earlier Livingstone had taken his first international one-day wicket when, off a long hop, he had Rahul caught by Moeen. His three overs went for 20 runs.

South Cumbrian Livingstone lived in a house only a six-hit from Barrow cricket ground and it was from there that he started what has proved to be a very successful career with Lancashire. 

He actually became Cumberland’s youngest debutant when, at 15 years and nine months, he played against Shropshire at Workington in the MCCA Trophy. Batting at nine he scored eight and from his four overs took 1-21.

Liam went on to play 12 Trophy games for the county, with three fifties and a top score of 62 for an average of 32.57. He also took six wickets. 

As for the Minor Counties, increasing commitments with Lancashire, meant he only played four times in 2011. Cumberland were invited to pick him, but on the proviso he might take a late call from Lancashire that he was needed by them.

In six knocks he scored 195 runs, including two fifties and a top score of 66. He took five wickets, all in his best bowling performance of 5-59. 

Livingstone had been there to see England home in the 2nd of the 50-overs games, unbeaten with 27 as they levelled the series with a six-wicket win.

Of course Cumbria had double reason to feel proud about that win as Ben Stokes was one of the game stars with a superb 99 which included ten sledge-hammer sixes. 

Stokes had really launched his cricketing career at Cockermouth in the North Lancs and Cumbria League before being signed-up by Durham. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Both Livingstone and Stokes came through the Cumberland age group system with Under-13's,14’s,15’s and 17’s. Stokes actually played his last game for the elder group aged 15 and a half before he went off to Durham. 








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