HAMPSHIRE's Ross Whiteley has left the club to rejoin Derbyshire after two seasons at the Ageas Bowl side.

The 35 year old made his professional debut for Derbyshire in 2008, before moving to Worcestershire where he impressed in white ball cricket.

He was a part of the Worcestershire Rapids side that was crowned 2018 Vitality Blast champions.

Having solidified himself as a dangerous boundary-hitting batter, Whiteley was selected for the Ageas Bowl-based Southern Brave for the Hundred in 2021.

During the final of that competition, he contributed 44 not out in the final to lead his side to the inaugural title.

Subsequently, he was signed by Hampshire Hawks ahead of the 2022 Vitality Blast campaign, where he scored 231 runs to help them secure a third T20 title and a first since 2012.

Whiteley then played in all of the Hawks’ matches of the 2023 campaign as they made it to a record tenth T20 Finals Day.

He said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two seasons at Hampshire cricket, which has made this decision even more difficult.

"I leave with some great memories and friendships in such a short space of time, and that’s a credit to how special this place is.

"I would like to thank all the support staff for all their time and effort over the years, it’s been a pleasure to be a part of this changing room.

"And the fans for their energy and support which made playing here so enjoyable."

Hampshire director of cricket, Giles White, also paid tribute to the player and his performances since being at the club.

He added: "Ross has been a popular member of the T20 team over the last couple of years.

"We are sad to see him go but understand and support his reasons to move. We wish him well with his new career at Derbyshire."