Former England Under 19 international Miles Hammond graduated from the Gloucestershire Academy, winning the Club’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2018.

But it was in 2013 that Hammond made his debut as a right-arm off-spinner against Yorkshire at Headingley, claiming the wicket of Gary Balance in a 40-over contest.

In the years since, however, Hammond has established himself as one of Shire’s most important batters.

An aggressive left-hander, Hammond’s place in Gloucestershire’s County Championship top order was secured as he became only the third player in the Club’s history to convert a maiden fifty into a maiden hundred.

Cheltenham-born Hammond delighted his hometown crowd at the Visit Cayman Islands Cheltenham Cricket Festival as he struck a domineering 103 against a Sussex side that contained England regulars Jofra Archer and Ollie Robinson.

The 182 opening stand with Glos legend Chris Dent remains a Cheltenham Festival record.

Two centuries for Hammond in the 2018 season were added to in 2022 as the then-26-year-old hit an outstanding fourth innings 169 against Hampshire. The career-best helped Hammond pass 2,000 first-class runs for Shire, once again in front of adoring supporters at the College Ground, Cheltenham.

Hammond’s ability to take the game to the opposition has rewarded him with an opening birth in Gloucestershire’s T20 Blast side since 2018.

Three fifties and over 1,200 runs at a strike rate of 137 as of the beginning of the 2023 season leaves Hammond with good experience in the shorter format as Gloucestershire look to reach Finals Day for the first time since 2020.

Individual Honours

Gloucestershire Young Player of the Year: 2018

Miles Hammond

Left hand bat | Off-spin
Age: 28
Born: Cheltenham, England
Squad number: 88
Player sponsor: Empire Fighting Chance