A highly-talented young batsman, he rose through the ranks with the West of England at Under 13 and 14 level before going on tour with the U15s to the West Indies in 2000 and 2001.
Played for ECB U17 and then progressed to ECB U19 where he played against India U19 in 2002. In 2003 he played for ECB U19 against South Africa U19.
He scored an unbeaten 80 on his second XI debut for Warwickshire in 2003 and also scored 68 against a Glamorgan second XI that included England pace bowler Simon Jones.
Was a member of Hampshire's Second XI Trophy-winning side in 2003.
Made his first-team debut for Hampshire in July 2005 in the same week as he was named in the England Under 19 squad to face Sri Lanka U19.
Celebrated by smashing 25 off just 14 balls as Hampshire completed a record run chase by achieving their target of 359 to beat Surrey at The Oval to reach the semi-finals of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy.
He then played in the C&G final at Lord's, collecting a winners medal as Hampshire defeated Warwickshire by 18 runs.
However, he did not feature for Hampshire's first team at all in 2006.