Balcombe an ‘integral part’ of squad after signing deal

Hampshire bowler David Balcombe
Hampshire bowler David Balcombe
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David Balcombe is predicting big things for Hampshire next summer after committing his future to the county until 2014.

The fast bowler has earned a new three-year deal at the Rose Bowl after an impressive loan spell at Kent at the end of the summer impressed the Hants management.

Balcombe suffered with injury at the beginning of the season and struggled to break into the Hampshire first team.

However, during his time at Canterbury, he took 33 wickets in five Championship games at an average of less than 18.

He also took six wickets in three Clydesdale Bank 40 matches, including four for 38 in 5.3 overs against Worcestershire.

‘Obviously, last season I went on loan to Kent for the final two months of the season and it really gave me a fantastic opportunity to show my capabilities in county cricket and kick-start my career,’ said Balcombe.

‘To make this commitment to Hampshire for the next three years is absolutely fantastic, the way the squad is evolving.

‘It’s a young squad, full of talent, and I think we’re going to be doing good things this year.’

Hampshire manager Giles White added: ‘David’s signature is an important one for the club as he adds to a growing nucleus of players that are likely to form the core of the team for a few years to come.

‘His recent development has been encouraging. He possesses a good work ethic and has all the credentials to be a match winner.

‘He’s an integral part of the squad.’

Hampshire have also announced the arrival of new strength and conditioning coach Mike Main.

Having previously worked at Worcestershire CCC and Coventry City FC, Main takes over from Iain Brunnschweiler, who was appointed head coach of England under-16s and under-17s at the end of last season.

Main commented: ‘It’s a great venue, everyone seems really friendly and the players are really keen to get on with the season which obviously makes my job a lot easier.

‘It’s just a really positive place to be.’