Four Hampshire players, including captain Jimmy Adams, have committed their future to the Club over the forthcoming seasons.
Adams and all-rounders Liam Dawson and Chris Wood have all agreed an extension which will keep them at The Ageas Bowl until 2015 while left-arm seamer, James Tomlinson will prolong his stay until 2014. All had at least one year left of their previous contracts.
Manager Giles White said; “All four have come through the Hampshire system and have an important part to play if we are to build on the success of 2012.
“Jimmy and Tommo are both selfless, committed cricketers who put the team first. They continue to be great role models and it is good news that they have extended their stay.
“Equally, Liam and Chris are young all-rounders with real potential and, with continued development, have the opportunity to become significant contributors in all forms of the game.”
Having taken on the challenge of full-time captaincy only last winter, Adams led by example in 2012, scoring 987 runs in the LV= County Championship – a tally that saw him finish the season as the leading run-scorer in Division Two. Highlights included three First Class centuries – one, against Northamptonshire (149), helping the side to an impressive eight-wicket victory.
He also showed superb captaincy to negotiate a down-to-the-wire run-chase that only just tipped in Hampshire’s favour against Essex at Chelmsford and in shepherding the tail to a nail-biting draw against the odds at home to Kent. In the Royals’ Clydesdale Bank 40 Final victory over Warwickshire at Lord’s it was he who claimed the Man of the Match award, having kept his nerve in a final-ball thriller.
Wood also had an excellent all-round season, finishing that CB40 campaign as Hampshire’s joint-leading wicket-taker (with Danny Briggs – both on 19) and holding his nerve to bowl his side to victory against Yorkshire in the Friends Life t20 Final.
With the bat, he scored his maiden First Class century (105*) against Leicestershire, putting on an incredible last-wicket stand of 168 with David Balcombe.
Dawson scored a century against Kent at Tunbridge Wells (134*) and took his maiden five-wicket haul against Leicestershire at The Ageas Bowl to establish himself as a genuine all-rounder in Hampshire’s middle order.
And Tomlinson, who only played in the longer format of the game, enjoyed a terrific end to the season taking five-fers away to Essex and Leicestershire as well as a four-fer at home to Kent. He also achieved the outstanding feat of taking nine wickets in an innings to guide the Club’s Second XI to a win at Mote Park, Maidstone.
Hampshire Cricket is also delighted to announce that Assistant Coach, Craig White has agreed a deal to stay at the Club until the end of the 2014 season. White arrived at The Ageas Bowl last winter and took, as his main responsibility, the role of bowling coach.
He said; “I’m thrilled to sign a new two year deal. The team’s success in two competitions meant I really enjoyed my first season at Hampshire and it was an easy decision to stay on at the Club. I look forward to, hopefully, enjoying more success over the next few years.”
Previous to his time at Hampshire, White had been at Yorkshire County Cricket Club since 1990 as a player and coach. He scored more than 20,000 runs and took more than 700 wickets across all domestic competitions in a career that stretched up until 2008. He was part of the White Rose county’s Championship winning side in 2001 and Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy winning side of 2002.
He also represented England 81 times in both Tests and One Day Internationals, registering more than 1,500 runs and taking just shy of 125 wickets for his country.