Glouces­ter­shire hand three-year deal to Scot­tish quick bowler

Gloucestershire Echo - - ATHLETICS -

» GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE have signed right arm fast bowler and Scot­land In­ter­na­tional Stu­art Whit­ting­ham.

The 24-year-old has signed on a three-year deal from Sus­sex.

Whit­ting­ham, a seam bowler from Hor­sham who first played for Sus­sex at Un­der-10 level, made a first-class de­but against Der­byshire in 2016 and dis­missed the New Zealand in­ter­na­tional Hamish Ruther­ford in both in­nings, fol­low­ing up by adding him first ball when the sides met on Whit­ting­ham’s home de­but three weeks later.

Ruther­ford was not his only vic­tim: 18 wick­ets in six matches were enough to win him a two-year con­tract un­til the end of 2018.

Whit­ting­ham came up through the ju­nior ranks at Rof­fey, who he helped win the Sus­sex Cricket League in 2015.

He qual­i­fied to play for Scot­land through his Scot­tish mother and his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer be­gan with a three-wicket per­for­mance against Sri Lanka in a prac­tice match at Beck­en­ham as part of Scot­land’s tour of Eng­land in May 2017.

Scot­land won by seven wick­ets at Beck­en­ham in a warm-up for the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, but the two-match se­ries was not af­forded ODI sta­tus, so deny­ing them of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of their first win over full-mem­ber op­pos­tion.

Whit­ting­ham went on to make his One-day In­ter­na­tional de­but for Scot­land against Pa­pua New Guinea in the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Cham­pi­onship in Oc­to­ber 2017.

He also made his T20 In­ter­na­tional de­but for Scot­land against Ire­land in June 2018.

In the 15 first-class ap­pear­ances he has made, Whit­ting­ham has taken 46 wick­ets, with his best fig­ures of five for 80 com­ing against Der­byshire at Hove in 2017.

He also took im­pres­sive match fig­ures of eight for 93 against Ire­land in an In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Cup match in Dubai in 2017.

Whit­ting­ham said: “I am re­ally ex­cited to have signed for Glouces­ter­shire, I am keen to con­tinue with the devel­op­ment of my game and to play here is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity.

“I feel like I have reached a time in my ca­reer where I can of­fer a lot to the team, we have a great group of lads who are look­ing to push for suc­cess and I can’t wait to get started.

“I look for­ward to meet­ing all of Glouces­ter­shire’s Mem­bers and sup­port­ers very soon.”

Head coach Richard Daw­son said: “He will add to our bowl­ing group and boost com­pe­ti­tion for places.

“His abil­ity to bowl fast spells, along with hav­ing an im­pres­sive strike rate of 43 balls per wicket, gives us va­ri­ety in our bowl­ing unit.

“He is still at an age where there is room for devel­op­ment and all the play­ers and coaches are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Stu­art.”

Stu­art Whit­ting­ham

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