Hants confirm Caribbean return

Hampshire manager Giles White
Hampshire manager Giles White
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Hampshire will once again be travelling to Barbados for their pre-season preparation.

The county will depart for the Caribbean on March 15 and have pencilled in matches against Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire, as well as a dedicated one-day Twenty20 competition, before flying back on March 27.

It will be the third time in two years that Hampshire have been out to Barbados, having reached the final of the Caribbean T20 competition early in 2011 followed by a highly-successful pre-season there in March.

This season, the Rose Bowl side’s season starts with a County Championship match against Gloucestershire on April 12.

Hampshire manager Giles White said: ‘It’s very important to get everything right before the first game and Barbados is a big part of that. We’re very fortunate to be going.

‘The wickets are good out there – we saw that last year. There’s guaranteed sunshine and it’s essential to get the guys out training outside on turf wickets at that time of year.

We’re looking forward to it.’