WORCESTERSHIRE’S new signing Adam Hose feels his best years are ahead of him after making the move south from Edgbaston to New Road.
The middle order batter has become the Pears’ first signing for the 2023 campaign and said the prospect of playing more red-ball cricket was behind his decision to end a five-year stay in Birmingham.
Hose has put pen to paper on a three-year-deal until the end of the 2025 season and the 29-year-old is keen to follow in the footsteps of Ed Pollock who moved to New Road from Edgbaston in search of more opportunities in the four-day game.
His addition came just 24 hours after rising star Kashif Ali penned a two-year contract after impressing Pears chiefs with his mountain of runs since arriving on a short-term contract.
Hose finished the 2022 Vitality Blast campaign as the third leading run-scorer, with 558 runs at an average of 55.70, striking at 160.97, and Worcestershire head coach Alex Gidman described Hose as ‘one of the best batters in white ball cricket.’
“He is also very keen and eager to play more red-ball cricket and prove to everyone how good he is in that format as well,” Gidman added.
The Rapids were on the receiving end of his skills earlier this summer when Hose bludgeoned 110 off 53 bills in the one-sided Blast defeat at Edgbaston
Born on the Isle of Wight, he played age group cricket for Hampshire before joining Somerset and became a regular in all three formats before moving to Edgbaston in 2018. He has played 80 T20 matches and scored over 2,000 runs with a strike rate of 148.08 in addition to 30 List A and 19 first class games.
“I’ve got a fair amount of experience under my belt, but I’m only 29 and believe that my best years are ahead of me,” Hose said. “I know the club has a great history and a future which looks really bright, and that excites me, especially with the talented group of youngsters the club continually produce.
“Worcestershire have had a lot of success in recent times in white ball cricket, and I want to play my part in repeating that Vitality Blast success of 2018 and 2019.
“But Ed (Pollock) was given his chance to play more red-ball cricket after moving to Worcestershire from Warwickshire, and I’m hoping I can also earn that opportunity with my form and in training.”
Outgoing cricket steering group chairman Paul Pridgeon, said: “Adam is a great capture for the club.
“He has shown himself to be a tremendous striker of the ball in that format of the game with a formidable strike rate.
“He will strengthen our batting, add a lot of power, and really excite the Worcestershire members and supporters.
“We are always looking to strengthen and bolster our squad if the right players are available, and Adam fits the bill.”
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