Two big highlights have bookended a great year for Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone.
The 22-year-old marked his first-class debut with a half century for Lancs almost a year to the day after he made history by scoring an astonishing 350 in the Royal London Club Championship.
Livingstone’s 63 not out meant the home side ended day two of their Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire with a 69-run lead.
The debutant was eventually trapped LBW by Notts’ Jake Ball early on day three but finished as the top scorer on 70 at the end of Lancashire’s first innings.
This maiden first-class appearance isn’t, however, Livingstone’s first time in the cricket spotlight.
The Barrow-in-Furness native made headlines around the world when he hit a staggering 350 runs during a Royal London Club Championship game exactly one year ago on 19 April 2015.
It remains one of the highest one-day cricket scores in history.
Livingstone hit his mammoth total off 138 balls, including 27 sixes and 34 fours, for Cheshire County Premier League side Nantwich against Liverpool club Caldy in the first round match.
Nantwich went on to win the game by an unbelievable 500 runs, with Livingstone taking three catches as Caldy were bowled out for 79.
Had worse days… Thanks for all the messages #350 pic.twitter.com/EB0jtIZBCf
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) April 19, 2015
As for the future?
The immediate concern is to keep doing what he’s doing.
Speaking at close of play at Old Trafford, he said: “I was very happy when I got the call from Ash to tell me I was playing. It’s a massive opportunity for me and hopefully I can do my best for the boys and get as many runs as I can.”
A first 2016 County Championship win with Ashley Giles’ side would certainly be a fitting way to round off a memorable 12 months.