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Glamorgan sign Hemphrey to strengthen batting lineup

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Glamorgan have signed top order batsman Charlie Hemphrey on a two year deal as they look to strengthen their batting line-up for the 2019 season.

29 year old Hemphrey started his career in the UK before moving to Australia where he became a regular in the Queensland Bulls Sheffield Shield squad.

His progression went against the usual norms after failing to make an impact at a County level in the UK as a youngster with only 2nd XI appearances to his name.

However his decision to move to Australia proved inspired for his career as he progressed through the Grade system and into the Bulls squad where he averages 33 in First Class cricket, including four centuries.

It’s always been my ambition to play First-Class cricket in the UK so I am very thankful to Glamorgan for giving me this opportunity. With the changes in the cricket department it’s a very exciting time to join the club. Hopefully I can continue to put in some good performances for Queensland and bring that form to Glamorgan this season.

– Charlie Hemphrey

He arrives at a club in the midst of major change behind the scenes since last seasons disappointments in all formats. The departure of Head Coach Robert Croft ushered in a new management structure at the County with former wicket keeper Mark Wallace appointed as Director of Cricket in December.

Former coach and player Matthew Maynard has since taken temporary charge of coaching duties on a interim basis while the search for full-time role is found.

So the signing of extra firepower to the top order is a necessary progression after a summer of disappointment.

Charlie is a very good cricketer who has blossomed in the past few years since playing in Australia” Chief Executive Hugh Morris commented. He has scored runs in challenging batting conditions against some very good bowling attacks so will add valuable experience and skill at the top of the order.

With his signing and that of Billy Root, we now have competition for places within the batting line-up, which will only help the development of our young Pathway players.

– Matthew Maynard