Joe Gatting: Hampshire sign former Sussex batsman

Hampshire have announced the signing of batsman Joe Gatting, who has signed on a two-year contract.

Gatting moves to the Ageas Bowl after five seasons with Sussex.

The 26-year-old hit 152 on his first-class debut in 2009 and Hampshire manager Giles White believes the nephew of ex-England skipper Mike Gatting will be a useful acquisition.

"We wanted to strengthen the batting and Joe ticks that box," White told BBC Radio Solent.

With Michael Carberry expected to spend more time away from the county because of his international commitments with England, White felt it was important to increase their batting options.

DID YOU KNOW?

Gatting scored five goals in 52 appearances during a three-year spell at Brighton & Hove Albion

"Michael Carberry has got himself into the England side and is doing fantastically well so we are not expecting to see as much of Carbs next year," he said.

"Joe is a good young cricketer has bags of talent and hopefully he will fulfil that here. I expect him to play in the middle order and he will be fighting for a place like everyone else. He is a good fielder, dynamic one-day player so fits the bill."

Gatting, who formerly played football for Brighton like his father Steve, is the second middle-order batsman Hampshire have signed since the end of the 2013 season, following Will Smith's arrival from Durham in October.

He has so far scored 1,376 runs in 35 first-class appearances, including three hundreds, but will be looking to improve a career average of slightly under 30.

"We need some depth, it's a good fit," added White. "Joe can plan all forms of the game and it's up to him to put himself in the mix.

"He is a clean striker of the ball and very athletic in the field and a guy with bags of talent."