Weatherley heads back to Hampshire

12 August 2017 09:05:00 EST

Former England Under-19 captain Joe Weatherley has had his season-long loan to Kent cut short following an injury glut at Hampshire.
 

The 20-year-old was sent out from the Ageas Bowl at the start of 2017 as County Championship chances appeared limited.

It was frustrating for me when I played in the first team. I got out in the 30s a couple of times when I was beginning to settle in.

Joe Weatherley

However, following the losses of Rilee Rossouw and Lewis McManus to fractured fingers, Hampshire have replenished their batting stocks.
 
"We thank Joe for his services and wish him well for the future," read a statement from Kent.
 
Weatherley managed 190 Division Two runs in his time at Canterbury but hit a rich sequence of form in recent Second XI Championship action.
 
Three centuries in a row - two in one match against Leicestershire - suggest he is ready should he be called upon to perform in higher company by Hants.
 
"It was frustrating for me when I played in the first team. I got out in the 30s a couple of times when I was beginning to settle in," Weatherley said of his Kent stint.
 
Hampshire are 18/1 to win a highly-competitive top flight of the Championship, with current leaders Essex 1/9.
 
Meanwhile, he could also come into the reckoning in Twenty20 with Hampshire's NatWest Blast destiny in their own hands.
 
Victory over Somerset next Friday would secure a quarter-final place - although defeat could see them pipped for the top four in the tightest of groups.

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