Williamson delay means more frustration for Glos

Gloucestershire are facing increasing frustration over the non-arrival of overseas signing Kane Williamson.

The club had hoped to have the young New Zealand batsman at the County Ground for the start of the season following his participation in the World Cup.

Then, after a delay in Williamson’s visa and passport coming through, they booked him on a flight last Friday, expecting him to be available for this week’s LV= County Championship match against Kent.

Williamson, however, was unable to fly because he has still to receive the necessary documents. And that remains the case as Gloucestershire prepare to do battle at Canterbury without him.

Director of cricket John Bracewell and chief executive Tom Richardson have both described the delay as extremely frustrating, but are powerless to hurry relevant authorities.

Their anxiety has been increased by an unfortunate injury to batsman Chris Dent, who faces another month at least on the sidelines.

Dent broke the little finger of his right hand taking a catch during the second Championship fixture of the season, against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

The injury was serious enough for the bone to be wired and it is a problem Gloucestershire could have done without, given the position with Williamson and the fact that they are operating with a small and young squad this summer.

As things stand, their top seven includes three inexperienced players in Ian Cockbain, Richard Coughtrie and Will Gidman, who all made their Championship debuts in the opening game of the season against Derbyshire.

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