Gloucestershire cricketer George Hankins given driving ban after drink-driving crash

Gloucestershire cricketer George Hankins given driving ban after drink-driving crash

Hankins has played 28 first-class, 15 List A and seven T20Is in his domestic career.

George Hankins
George Hankins. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Gloucestershire county cricketer George Hankins has been fined 600 pounds and banned from driving for 22 months after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving at the Staines Magistrates Court on Tuesday, July 21. On April 19, his car crashed in Portsmouth Road, a residential area of Cobham.

The incident took place at around 8:45 pm and pictures from the scene showed a great deal of damage to three vehicles and debris left scattered across the area. Hence, for the hearing of the same, the 23-year-old had to go to the court.

Hankins would also be paying a victim surcharge of 60 pounds and another 85 pounds in addition to the fine. Hankins hails from the Trajectus Way in Keynsham, Bristol. Gloucestershire also would conduct “a full internal investigation” after becoming aware of the incident.

George Hankins in trouble

“Gloucestershire Cricket has been made aware of an incident – being investigated by Surrey Police – regarding one of its players, who has been based in Surrey during the COVID-19 lockdown period,” the club was quoted as saying in Surrey Live.

“The club is in touch with the player concerned and has initiated a full internal investigation. As this is a police matter, the club will not be commenting further at the present time,” he added.

Hankins made his debut for Gloucestershire in the match against Durham MCCU at the County Ground in Bristol in 2016. In that game, he got out cheaply in the first innings, but impressed with a handy 34 in the second. In the very next year, the talented youngster forayed into One Day and T20 cricket as well, playing against Kent and Sussex respectively.

His last competitive match was in the 2019 County Championship against Northamptonshire in Bristol back in September 2019. In 28 first-class, 15 List A and seven T20s, he has scored 961, 535 and 17 runs respectively. In red-ball cricket, he has one century and six half-centuries with a top score of 116. But the average of 22.34 hasn’t helped his cause by any means.

In List A cricket, Hankins averages 38.21 with five half-centuries. His T20 career never took off as he averages a mere 5.66 in the format. However, since he is only 23, he has gotten plenty of time to make amends in his career.