Hampshire Cricket Part Company with Chris Benham
Oct 26 2010
Chris Benham will not play for Hampshire in 2011 having agreed to part ways with the county. It marks the end of 17 years’ involvement with the club for the batsman.
Having found his opportunities limited at The Rose Bowl in 2010, the 27 year-old is now seeking the opportunity to develop his game in a new environment and further his career at a new county.
Benham said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hampshire Cricket and would like to thank everyone at the club for helping me develop as a cricketer and a person. I have been lucky enough to be part of a very successful one-day team in recent years. A personal highlight was winning the FP Final at Lords in 2009.
“Hampshire is a great club with huge ambition and it has a group of exciting and very talented youngsters. I wish them every success in the future.
“Personally, I still have a huge desire to play cricket at the highest level and see playing in a new environment with different ideas as a very exciting prospect.”
In his time at The Rose Bowl, “Benny” enjoyed a number of highlights, including registering a Man of the Match-worthy 158 against Glamorgan in the 2006 Pro-40 play-off Final, in the process helping Hampshire to promotion from the second division. He also scored the winning runs in the 2009 Friends Provident Cup Final at Lord’s.
Hampshire manager, Giles White added: “As the squad has strengthened opportunities for Chris have become limited. However, he has a good feel for the game and has never given anything but 100% for the Hampshire cause, and I would like to thank him for his input.
“We at Hampshire Cricket wish him well in his pursuit of a new direction for his cricket in 2011.”