Teenage Hook & Newnham Basics pace bowler Max Simpson has landed a Hampshire Academy cricket contract at the Ageas Bowl.

Following his elder brother Aeron’s footsteps, Max joined Hook as a seven-year-old and later played a significant role in the club’s triple Hampshire Cup successes at Under-13 and Under-15 level.

He made his Hampshire League debut as a 13-year old, attaining county junior age group honours as an opening bowler and improving lower-order batsman, writes Mike Vimpany.

Last season, after impressing in an injury hit Hampshire Academy team, he played much of the second half of the season for Hook 1st X, taking 11 wickets as the side climbed to seventh place in its debut ECB Southern Premier Division campaign.

“He inspired the improvement in the second half of the season and finished with commendable 11 wickets at an average of 14.45 and an economy rate under four runs an over,” reflected Vince Gardner, Hook’s Cricket Director.

Simpson started his Academy training in November and travels to the Ageas Bowl several times each week for professional training.