Bowler aims to start his season with a bang

James Tomlinson is looking for a fast start to his season
James Tomlinson is looking for a fast start to his season
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Eager James Tomlinson is bidding to make up for lost time after seeing another day’s cricket washed out.

The long-serving Hampshire bowler was named in the side to face Derbyshire in the Championship division two clash at the Ageas Bowl yesterday.

But play was abandoned at lunchtime without a single ball bowled.

Having fought his way back from the foot injury he picked up in pre-season, Tomlinson is ready to pick up where he left off last term.

And with fellow injury victim Kabir Ali also recalled, the Hampshire attack will be keen to make the most of the bowler-friendly conditions when play does eventually start.

Tomlinson is confident there is still enough time for a positive result.

He said: ‘It’s been an unbelievable start to the season with the weather.

‘But it’s like a three-day game now and there is still time.

‘There is still every chance of a result in this game.

‘It’s frustrating because everyone is fresh at the start of the season and raring to go.

‘But it’s been a frustrating few weeks for me personally as well.

‘I haven’t been able to get the overs in to warrant selection but I’m over the moon to be playing in this game and it’s the start of my season.

‘We’ve got four very important games coming up before the Friends Life t20 and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.’

Tomlinson was injured on the club’s trip to Barbados.

But he has put in the hours in the gym, the nets and also the second team in recent weeks.

He said: ‘Being a cricketer is the best job in the world – except when you’re injured and then it’s terrible.

‘You just get so down.

‘It was a stress reaction in a bone in my foot and the disappointing thing is that there’s nothing you can do except wear a protective boot for three weeks.

‘But I bowled all week last week in a three-day game and a one-day game and I feel as though I have done a lot of hard work to get where I am.

‘It felt like I had missed the boat in the first four games but it’s great to be coming back into an attack which is bowling well.’