Brad Wheal is a right-handed batsman and right-arm pace bowler.
He was born in Durban, South Africa but holds a British passport and has recently moved to England, having been spotted by Dale Benkenstein, formerly Hampshire’s head coach.
The 18-year-old’s talent and potential was identified whilst playing for his home-town side and the promising youngster was offered a development contract for the 2015 season.
After a successful pre-season tour to Barbados, which on their return to England saw senior player Liam Dawson earmark Brad as his ‘one to watch’ for the 2015 season, the fast-bowler was quickly drafted into the Hampshire Second XI side.
It didn’t take long for Brad for make an impression, finishing with outstanding match figures of 10-138 in the away Second XI against Middlesex In April.
Just a month later Brad made his full Hants debut, picking up the wicket of former England opener Sam Robson in Hampshire’s Championship draw against Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl.
Wheal went on to make three more first-team appearances in 2015, taking best figures of 4-101 against Middlesex at Lord’s in June.
His promising ability with the ball didn’t go unnoticed at a national level with Wheal picking up five wickets on his debut for Scotland A during their friendly against the MCC in August.
Having signed two-year deal at the end of the 2015 season, Wheal made key contributions with the ball in one-day and Championship cricket for Hampshire during the 2016 summer, taking a career-best 6-51 in a crucial victory against Nottinghamshire as the team fought to stay in Division One.
Brad's highlight of the 2016 season was undoubtedly clinching a last-ball El Clasicoast win at Hove in July, when Hampshire defeated local rivals Sussex Sharks by a single run as Wheal prevented the home side from hitting five off the final over.
Wheal started 2017 off with Scotland in the United Arab Emirates taking part in the UAE Tri-Series and Desert Twenty20, gaining valuable international and overseas experience. The British summer saw Brad represent both Hampshire's First and Second XIs, noteably reaching the Second XI Championship Final against Lancashire.