Dawson gets nod for loan move

Liam Dawson   Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson Picture: Neil Marshall
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LIAM DAWSON has been told he can leave Hampshire on loan.

The all-rounder has become frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities in recent weeks.

And it appears that has come to a head after he was dropped for the trip to Middlesex this week.

The 25-year-old has been a regular part of the side in recent seasons but has lost his place in the Natwest Blast T20 team this term.

He was left out of the side for the recent win at Sussex but then regained his place for last week’s demolition by Somerset.

But he has not fared well at the top of the order so far this season and has yet to register a half-century.

He is certainly not alone in that regard with several batsmen failing to get anywhere near their usual standards in a disappointing campaign so far.

In 97 first-class matches since making his first-team debut in 2007, Dawson has an average of 32.62 and has scored six centuries.

But it’s been a lean season so far with 299 runs and an average of 23.

That saw Joe Gatting preferred in the batting line-up for the visit to Lord’s this week.

So Dawson is now looking for a first-team opportunity elsewhere, rather than playing in the seconds.

First-team coach Dale Benkenstein confirmed that the home grown talent will be allowed out.

Benkenstein said: ‘He’s disappointed he’s not playing.

‘But we just can’t find a place for him in our team at the moment.

‘Ideally, you want a quality player like him to stay in seconds with you.

‘It’s been disappointing as Liam shows a lot of promise, but the numbers are just not there with the bat.

‘Ideally, we would like him to be in the top six as a batter, but you’re doing a disservice to other players in the seconds who are putting up good enough scores.

‘I think there would be quite a few counties who would want him but we would have the option of bringing him back.’

Meanwhile, Hampshire have suffered a blow with the news that all-rounder Sean Ervine is expected to be out for at least six weeks with his injury.

The popular Zimbabwean fractured a finger while batting in the Somerset clash and had surgery earlier this week.

It means it could be well into August before he is fit.

Benkenstein said: ‘The break is not healing as hoped so it’s a big blow in all forms, especially in t20 where he’s a big specialist.’