Hamilton-Brown set for Surrey return

Wed, 01 Aug 12:28:29 2012

Rory Hamilton-Brown has been named in Surrey's squad tonight for their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B match against Nottinghamshire following a period of compassionate leave.

The Surrey captain was allowed to take time out from cricket last month in the aftermath of team-mate and long-time friend Tom Maynard's death on June 18. Although Gareth Batty will continue to skipper the London club against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, Hamilton-Brown is now ready to compete again.

Manager Chris Adams told the club's official website: "We are delighted to welcome Rory Hamilton-Brown back into the squad. He is ready to play cricket again and that is excellent news for the team and the club."

Hamilton-Brown played a Friends Life t20 match against Hampshire on July 1 but decided afterwards he was not able to perform in competitive cricket.

Announcing his decision, he said: "I have decided to take a break from cricket. I am grateful to the club for their support and understanding of my decision and I look forward to returning to the game where I will hope to contribute and take forward my form of recent seasons."

Jade Dernbach, another of Maynard's close friends, could also make his first Surrey appearance since the tragedy although his recent absence has been down to a side strain.


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