Balcombe: I’m ready to take my chance

David Balcombe celebrates the wicket of Richard Coughtrie, left - the first of the new season. Hampshire v Gloucestershire. County Championship division two. April 12, 2012. Picture: Neil Marshall

David Balcombe celebrates the wicket of Richard Coughtrie, left - the first of the new season. Hampshire v Gloucestershire. County Championship division two. April 12, 2012. Picture: Neil Marshall

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David Balcombe surveyed his surprise inclusion in Hampshire’s Champions League T20 squad and declared: I’m ready to stake my claim.

The 27-year-old was the club’s leading wicket-taker in the Championship last term as he bagged 59 scalps.

But he has not played a t20 game for Hampshire since a nine-wicket defeat at Middlesex in 2006.

With Danny Briggs unavailable for the tournament because of his wedding, Balcombe got the late call.

And his height and pace could yet prove to be useful on South African pitches – especially with Shahid Afridi, Glen Maxwell and Liam Dawson covering the spin department.

But Balcombe insists he is not going along for the ride.

He explained: ‘It’s hard to force your way into a successful one-day team no matter how well you are bowling.

‘But now it’s down to me to show I can do a job with the white ball if I get the opportunity in the Champions League in South Africa.

‘It’s a shame that Danny can’t go but it was nice to get the nod.

‘I’ve been working on my skills and, going forward in my career, playing limited overs cricket is something I want to add.

‘I’ve got to add the stuff that has made me successful in the Championship and transfer it to t20 cricket.

‘I’ve got to try not to change too much or become a different bowler.

‘Using my height out there could suit me.

‘The pitches should have a bit of pace and a bit of bounce in them. It’s not like we’re going to India.

‘That can be my weapon and I will be trying to hit them hard up front and take wickets.’

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