In­jury rules Howell out for rest of sea­son

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

» BENNY Howell will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter scans re­vealed the ex­tent of his ham­string in­jury.

Not­ting­hamshire bowl­ing all-rounder Zak Chap­pell has been signed on loan to cover Howell for the rest of the T20 Blast sea­son.

Howell, who started the Blast sea­son with a ca­reer-best five for 18 against Glam­or­gan, picked up the in­jury bat­ting against Sur­rey.

He said: “I am ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. Not be­ing able to be out there with the boys in their push for pro­mo­tion and fi­nals day re­ally hurts.

“As gut­ted as I am, I have ac­cepted the fact that this can hap­pen in pro­fes­sion sport.

“My main fo­cus now is re­cov­er­ing as quickly as I pos­si­bly can and sup­port­ing the team with the same pas­sion as play­ing.”

Chap­pell, 22, joined Not­ting­hamshire from Le­ices­ter­shire last sum­mer and toured In­dian with the Eng­land Li­ons.

He said: “I’m grate­ful to Glouces­ter­shire for the op­por­tu­nity and am look­ing for­ward to play­ing T20 cricket against play­ers I’ve not had the op­por­tu­nity to face be­fore.

“The aim is to help the side win matches and qual­ify for the quar­ter­fi­nals.

“It’s a young and tal­ented squad look­ing to achieve some­thing to­gether.”

Benny Howell bowls against Sur­rey be­fore his in­jury. Inset left, Zak Chap­pell

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