Christopher Philip Wood
June 27, 1990, Basingstoke, Hampshire
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Left arm medium fast
Chris Wood's career story rarely strays from a detailed knowledge of Birmingham hotels. In his first season, he was a member of the Hampshire side that won England's T20 tournament in 2010, but since then Hampshire have endured four semi-final defeats which for Wood has meant inside knowledge of more hotels than he would wish as Hampshire ring the changes in an attempt to end the curse.
Wood, a skilful left-arm seamer, remains one of the most talented young bowlers on Hampshire's books, but his progress has twice been slowed by knee surgery which has wrecked two summers. In 2017, he played only Twenty20 because of his frailty, winning a place on Finals Day because of Reece Topley's own injury woes,
Nevertheless, he has earned a reputation as a skilful bowler in one-day cricket and twice in 2012, in the T20 final against Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank 40 final with Warwickshire, held his nerve in the final over to secure his side the trophy.
Born in Basingstoke, Wood came up through the Hampshire age groups and was selected for England Under-19s to tour South Africa. In 2010, he got his break in county cricket and returned 20 wickets as Hampshire lifted their first T20 title. From the outset, he was a key part of the attack in the shortest format, with Hampshire reaching Finals Day in each of his first five seasons at the county. In 40-over cricket he has also performed well, averaging 23.92 in his first season and taking 18 scalps en route to Lord's success in 2012.
As for the Championship, he enjoyed healthy campaigns in 2011 and 2012, where he also made a rapid maiden first-class century at Grace Road. Having been reduced to 146 for 9 after being set 441 to win at Grace Road, Hampshire retorted with a swashbuckling last-wicket stand of 168 between Wood and David Balcombe before Leicestershire secured victory.
A knee problem hindered his 2013 but a year later, following surgery, he returned to play the final four matches of Hampshire's Division Two-winning campaign, took 15 wickets 16.80, and signed a new deal through to 2016. Further knee surgery was again needed as injury wrecked his 2016 summer.
But he remains a canny new-ball and death bowler in short-form cricket, and was one of the first names on Hampshire's T20 teamsheet in 2018 and 2019, though appearances in first-class cricket grew increasingly sparse.
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