Ajeet Dale signs with Gloucestershire CCC
Gloucestershire Cricket welcome on board right-arm seamer Ajeet Dale who has signed a two-year deal with the Club.
The 21-year-old Dale made his first-class debut for Hampshire against Sussex in 2020, picking up figures of 3/35 for the match. He earned a second Bob Willis Trophy appearance against Kent in which he took the scalp of Jack Leaning.
On joining the Club, Dale said:
“I’m delighted to have signed a multi-year deal for Gloucestershire and I’m really excited about the future, both personally and as a squad.
“There’s a great buzz around the Club and I can’t wait to see that be translated to more success on the pitch in the coming years. I’m very hungry to make a meaningful contribution.”
Dale impressed Gloucestershire coaches at Rockhampton CC in the Second XI Championship in early July when he took match figures of 5/30 for Hampshire at a strike rate of 15.4. The following match, Dale was in a Gloucestershire shirt taking a wicket with his fourth ball against Sussex Second XI.
The Berkshire-born bowler featured on loan for Gloucestershire in the final four Second XI Championship matches taking eight wickets at an average of 31.38. Previously for Hampshire’s Second XI, Dale had taken 13 wickets at an average of 17 in 2021.
Speaking about the new signing, Second XI and Batting Coach Owen Dawkins said:
“We are delighted we have been able to sign Ajeet, he is a player we have tracked over a number of seasons during his time at Hampshire.
“While playing for our Second XI at the back end of the season, Ajeet displayed different skills to what our other young seamers offer. When putting a squad together it is important we have a variety of options and Ajeet will complement and strengthen our current attack."
Dale is a product of Hampshire’s Academy having featured for the side in the Southern Premier League. He was also part of their Second XI Championship winning side in 2019, taking 10 wickets in the tournament including the scalp of Leicestershire’s Harry Swindells in the final.
The Club’s latest addition, Dale joins a growing stable of young seamers including Goodman (20), Tom Price (21), Jared Warner (24) and Josh Shaw (25), adding to the competition for places in the first XI.