Howell given his Gloucestershire chance at Kent

Former Hampshire batsman Benny Howell will make his Gloucestershire debut in the LV County Championship match with Kent at Canterbury, starting on April 19.

The 23-year-old has been registered by the club to play in the fixture as replacement for Dan Housego, who has been sidelined by a shoulder problem.

Howell has been playing for Gloucestershire second XI this season and hit a double century for them against Surrey IIs at Bristol yesterday. He was released by Hampshire at the end of last season.

Skipper Alex Gidman said: “Benny had done everything right since joining us and clearly had a lot of ability. He was unfortunate to be released by Hampshire and has responded to that decision very positively.

“It’s a shame that Dan has suffered an injury so early in the seaon. I am not sure of the exact extent of it, but I am told he will be out for at least a week.

“That gives Benny his opportunity to bat at three for us in what is sure to be a very tough game. We beat Kent twice last season, but they have made a lot of changes and have some experienced new players.”

Howell was born in France. He made his Hampshire Second XI debut in 2005 and played one Championship match last season, scoring 71 against Lancashire at Southampton.

The right-hander, who bowls medium pace, has also played Clydesdale Bank 40 cricket for Hampshire, hitting 122 against Surrey at Croydon last season, and has a top score of 29 not out in the Twenty20 Cup competition.

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