White keen to loan out more Hampshire seamers

Hampshire manager Giles White has revealed that more of his out-of-favour seamers could be loaned out before the end of the season.

Simon Jones has had his initial month’s loan at Glamorgan extended by a fortnight after taking 11 wickets in ten Friends Life t20 matches for his home county, while David Balcombe produced a career-best performance on debut for Kent last week.

With the likes of former South Africa fast bowler Friedel de Wet and James Tomlinson struggling for game time, White admits that others could also be loaned out.

He said: “We’d look at each individual case and go from there. If they’re not getting cricket and they’re ready to go then we’d encourage it. Jonah’s done well at Glamorgan and what David’s done at Kent is great to see. It’s very encouraging for us to know we’ve got a bowler like that ready to come in and play his part.”

Jones is now staying with Glamorgan until the end of July. Meanwhile, Kent coach Paul Farbrace is hoping Balcombe’s loan will also be extended after he took five for 63, his maiden five-wicket haul in the County Championship, against Surrey at The Oval.

“With Hampshire having so many seam bowlers I spoke to Chalky [Giles White] during the winter about the possibility of taking one on loan,” revealed Farbrace.

“To get seven wickets in the match was an exceptional start and he got better and better as the match progressed, as you would expect from someone who has not bowled a lot of overs this season.

“Chalky can call David back at any stage and if he keeps doing well for us he’ll improve his chances of playing for Hampshire more than he would taking wickets in their second team. But hopefully we’ll keep hold of him for a little longer and he wins us some games before he goes back!”

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