Balcombe joins Surrey

The 29-year-old had been a long-serving player at the south coast club, making his debut in April 2006, while his peak came when he was the leading wicket-taker in the LV= County Championship Division Two in 2012.

But he has only made sporadic appearances this season, with a knee injury midway through the campaign hampering his chances, and he has now decided to rejoin Surrey, with whom he came through the academy system before moving to Hampshire.

Balcombe said: "It was a tough decision to make, but I think it's in the best interests of my career to start a fresh chapter elsewhere.

"I will always hold fond memories of the club who gave me my first chance in the professional game and I'll always be proud to have played for Hampshire."

Surrey's director of cricket Alec Stewart added: "He is a bowler who came through the Surrey system and he will add depth and experience to our squad and we welcome him back to the Kia Oval."

  David Balcombe did not feature much for Hampshire this season
David Balcombe did not feature much for Hampshire this season