Hose tempted by by bears deal

Adam Hose
ADAM Hose’s abrupt departure from Somerset to join Warwickshire came as a shock to many supporters during the week.

It was announced before the NatWest T20 Blast home game against Hampshire at Taunton that the 24-year-old bats- man had rejected a new three-year contract and was moving to Edgbaston with immediate effect, initially on loan until the end of the season.

Director of cricket Matthew Maynard was quoted on the club’s website as saying: ‘We are extremely disappointed that Adam has chosen to leave after the club invested time and effort in helping to develop him as cricketer and giving him the opportunity to play First XI cricket.

‘Ultimately, we must have players who are totally com- mitted to the club. We do of course wish Adam well in his future cricketing career.’

Hose’s career appeared to be blossoming as for the first time this season he forged a regular place in Somerset’s team in all forms of cricket. That made his departure a major surprise and Maynard was questioned about it at length after the Hampshire match.

‘It’s not a decision based on playing because he was getting games here. Adam is a really nice lad and we are sad to see him go, with the investment we’ve made in him.

‘We have quite a number of good middle-order batsmen and it won’t hurt us as much as if he had been a diamond of an opener or a fast bowler.

‘You will have to ask Adam about the timing of the move. He may reflect in three years time and think ‘what did I do’ because we are building something here.

‘We gave him the option of staying with us for the rest of the season, but he said he wanted to go to Warwickshire now. ‘

Hose made his Somerset debut in 2015, having impressed for the Second XI, and played in eight List A games and one Twenty20 fixture that summer.

Last season he made his First Class debut against the Pakistanis in a three-day tour match at Taunton, adding four more appearances in the Royal London One-Day Cup and one in the NatWest Blast.

This summer brought advancement. He played in the last three Specsavers County Championship matches, making 68 against Yorkshire at Taunton and 62 against the same opponents at Scarborough.

In the Royal London OneDay Cup, he was a regular and notched his first cen- tury with a memorable 101 not out in the derby victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol. Other group games saw him score 76 against Sussex and 50 against Hampshire.

Hose also hit a half-century against Middlesex at Uxbridge in the NatWest Blast and had played in all group matches up to the Hampshire game.

Clauses in the loan deal stop Hose playing against Somerset this season.

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