Albert Making The Most Of His Youth

Hampshire youngster has had a busy winter so far

Toby Albert signed a rookie contract at the end of the 2021 season, then, almost straight away, jetted off for a ten-day training camp in Abu Dhabi with Hampshire’s Ross Whiteley.

While out in the UAE, the 20-year-old was given the opportunity to feature in the T10 league, where he opened the batting for Chennai Braves with Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Shahzad;

“It was a lot different, a lot quicker as you can imagine, but to be able to play with some of the guys I played with out there and be around those guys and learn from them is very good for me.”


Albert was modest about his breakthrough campaign in 2021, which included a 2nd XI T20 century against Sussex whose bowling line-up included England’s Ollie Robinson;

“To do it against a decent attack is nice but a hundred is a hundred, but doing it against the stronger teams is going to set you up for when you move up levels.”

He also scored two more hundreds last year for Hampshire Academy - 151 against Bashley in the Southern Premier League, and a 62-ball 137 in a T20.

Looking ahead to the 2022 campaign, Albert is aiming to grab any chance he has by the scruff of the neck;

“Hopefully I get a bit more time in the first team, but to play second team cricket and dominate that, then when I get the opportunity (in the 1st XI) look to take it as much as I can.”


When Albert does get his chance, he’ll be in the enviable position of playing with his role model – none other than Hampshire captain James Vince;

“The way [Vincey] makes it look so easy at times. There's definitely something that everyone looks to do, and he just does it so well.”

You can watch Toby Albert, James Vince, and the rest of the squad in action over the course of 2022 with a Hampshire Cricket Membership.

2022 Members also receive access to an exclusive allocation of tickets for next summer’s otherwise sold-out Vitality IT20s at The Ageas Bowl with England facing both India and South Africa at the venue next summer, alongside a whole host of other exciting benefits.

More information on Hampshire Cricket’s Membership offering can be found online at https://www.ageasbowl.com/cricket/membership/