Gloucestershire Cricket Club high-flyer George Hankins picked up the keys to a brand new Mercedes A Class courtesy of aggregates haulage firm, TJ Transport. The company has opened a depot at Avonmouth to help serve a steep increase in demand from construction companies across Gloucestershire, Bristol and the South West.

To mark the opening, TJ Transport presented the new car to up-and-coming first team player and England team hopeful George at the Brightside Ground in Bristol.

George, originally from Bitton, is a Bath CC batsman and has been with Gloucestershire since the age of 15, having been awarded a full sports scholarship at Millfield. He was named Academy Player of the Year at the club’s end-of-season awards.

20-year-old George is now looking forward to getting behind the wheel of his new Mercedes. “I have been driving for a few years now, but have always relied on my dad, Matt, to get me to training and matches on time,” he said. “It’s great to get such a fantastic new car in the sponsor’s livery – it’s another reminder that all the hard work has been worth it.”

Batsman George played 12 first-class matches for Gloucestershire last season, including a memorable century against Northants, and is expected to feature strongly when the new season starts in April.

“We have opened a new branch in Avonmouth and decided we would mark the occasion by supporting George – who we had already heard about through business networking,” said TJ Transport chairman, Terry Higgins.

“George has a promising career ahead of him and we are really pleased he has agreed to help us raise our profile across the region. We see this sponsorship as the first step in marking our integration as a business within the community.”

TJ Transport is based in Fareham, Hampshire and covers the southern region with nine depots.

Terry concluded: “I wish George all the best and will be watching out for him over the course of our three-year sponsorship deal.”