Hampshire: Dream comes true for teenage talent

Rory Hipwell
Rory Hipwell
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Rory Hipwell revealed he is in dreamland after signing for Hampshire.

The 16-year-old pace bowler, from Oxfordshire, caught the eye of the Ageas Bowl outfit’s coaching staff when representing the south & west at the Bunbury Festival.

And they beat a clutch of other counties to capture his signature.

Hipwell is currently a pupil at St Edwards School in Oxford but will begin training at the Ageas Bowl this winter in preparation for the 2016 season.

The teenager said: ‘I very much look forward to joining Hampshire.

‘It is an opportunity I could have only dreamed of when I started playing cricket years ago.

‘I will look to cherish every moment I have to train in such a professional and quality environment and make my cricket the best it could ever be.’

Charlie Freeston was delighted to announce the signing.

Hampshire’s head of player development said: ‘We are delighted Rory has decided to join us at Hampshire.

‘He is a very high potential young fast bowler and we are looking forward to working with him at the Ageas Bowl this winter and also watching him perform in a Hampshire shirt for the 2016 season.’