By Connor Steel
HAMPSHIRE CRICKET have confirmed that experienced all-rounder Liam Dawson has signed a new deal at the Ageas Bowl following an impressive 2022 campaign; the thirty-three year old star committing his future to the county until at least the conclusion of 2025 as he hopes to help his colleagues in gaining further honours.
Dawson made his first time debut for Hampshire in 2007 against Northamptonshire as he graduated from the club’s academy pathway; since becoming a vital component of the outfit across all three domestic formats. At the time of publishing he has made 428 appearances and won seven pieces of silver-ware in a 15-year spell.
His titles feature three One Day Cups (2009, 2012 & 2019), three Vitality Blasts (2010, 2012 & 2022) and the County Championship Division Two trophy in 2014; adding contributions with both bat and bowl throughout a career that has also seen him play worldwide in competitions such as the Pakistan Super League last winter.
The all-rounder further spent a loan spell with Essex in 2014 and played for London Spirit in the Hundred last year, which was arguably his most profitable campaign. Alongside helping his Hampshire side to another title in the Blast with 20 wickets; he made a total of 171 FC runs against Kent and took ten wickets up at Essex.
These contributions meant that Dawson travelled with the English international team to Australia for the ICC Twenty-20 World Cup, but didn’t feature as a reserve as the team won the competition with their victory over Pakistan in November. He has represented England at all three formats of Test, ODIs, and IT20s since 2016.
Dawson spoke to the media upon signing: “I’m delighted. It’s always great when you sign a new contract. I’ve been at Hampshire since I was ten-years-old, and having come through the age groups, I can use my (huge) experience to help others make a step up into First XI cricket. We have tasted a lot of success including last year’s Vitality Blast (Edgbaston) and I’m hungry to bring even more silverware to The Ageas Bowl by 2025.”
Director of Cricket Giles White further stated his pleasure on behalf of the county, saying: “He’s an intelligent player with the ability to influence games across the formats with both bat and ball. We are delighted he has agreed to extend his stay and we hope to still see him playing in a Hampshire shirt for many years to come.”
Supporters can visit the Hampshire Cricket website for further information and reaction to this story; the club also releasing details on their 2023 Membership Scheme as they prepare for the upcoming campaign (April).
PICTURED BY ALAMY (2GMDTW1): Dawson is bowled out during Vitality Blast 2021 loss versus Somerset.