Somerset have continued to build for the future by signing promising 22-year-old opening batsman and fast bowler Adam Hose on a 14-month contract.
Hose, who was born in Newport on the Isle of Wight, has been playing for Somerset Seconds this season and impressed Director of Cricket Matt Maynard and Second XI coach Steve Snell in making 141 from 125 balls in a one-day game against Surrey at the end of June.
He also scored 117 against Glamorgan Seconds in a three-day Second XI Championship match in late May and averages 45.50 after making 384 runs from six matches in that competition. He also has a top score of 66 for the Seconds in T20 matches
Hose, who stands at 6 ft 4 inches, also bowls right-arm medium fast. He attended Carisbrooke School in Newport and began his cricket with Ventnor Cricket Club on the Isle of Wight as well as playing for Hampshire Under-17s.
He then spent a number of seasons on the Lord’s groundstaff where he topped the one-day batting averages and weighed in regularly in other formats. As a result he won the prestigious MCC Young Cricketers’ IRK MacLaren YC Award in 2013 – and with it a grant which he promptly invested in spending two weeks at the Pune Global Cricket School in Mumbai, India.
At the time, Hose, whose improving bowling was a feature of his 2012 season, told the Southern Premier League website that his trip to India served a very simple purpose: “I went to India focussed on two things – batting and bowling.
“Batting wise I’m working on building game plans for how to approach the turning ball.
“And with my bowling I hope to gain a better understanding and approach to bowling when the ball and pitch is offering little movement for the seamer. Gaining exposure to different coaches and they’re methods is always important as a young player.
“I am still working out my own individual ‘game’ and the knowledge and information I’ve gained out here can only help a young player like myself understand what works best for me.”
Since his time at Lord’s, Hose has played for Glamorgan 2nd XI and Worcestershire 2nd XI before coming to Taunton earlier this year.
This will be his first professional contract and he could come into contention for Somerset firsts as soon as the NatWest T20 Blast match at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday evening.
In making the announcement Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Adam has performed consistently well for the Second XI all season and we believe that he deserves this opportunity. This contract will give us the chance to work with him during the winter and I look forward to seeing how he progresses in the next year. Adam was recommended to us by Mark Alleyne at the MCC and he is a really exciting prospect.”
Adam said: “I have been really impressed with the set up at Somerset since I have been involved with the club and I’m thrilled to have been offered the chance to join them.”