Coles out to turn up heat

Matt Coles. Picture: Neil Marshall
Matt Coles. Picture: Neil Marshall
Fidel Edwards bowled a six over stint of two for 15 Picture: Neil Marshall

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Matt Coles has told his Hampshire team-mates: There is more to come from us.

The all-rounder will be in the side as they host Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl in their latest Championship clash.

After one win and three weather-affected draws in their opening four fixtures, it has left Hampshire in second place, narrowly behind early pace-setters Worcestershire.

But with so many draws taking place during the early part of the campaign, a positive result can make a huge difference to the standings.

But Coles believes Hampshire have not yet fired on all cylinders as they go searching for a second win of the season and their first on home soil.

He said: ‘I think we’ve played well and there have been patches where we haven’t – I’d be the first to admit that and I’m sure the others would too.

‘It’s early days still and as long as we can keep that bit of momentum, we will be laughing. We don’t want to lose and we want to do our best to try to win.

‘It’s been nice to have a week off, the boys have worked hard over the few weeks up until this point.

‘But having done the preparations, fingers crossed we can go into it and hit the ground running.’

Both sides have a similar record with Glamorgan’s victory at Surrey their only success after Hampshire’s win against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Although the Welsh outfit will be without Australian fast bowler Michael Hogan, who has returned home to attend the birth of his second child, experienced batsmen Jacques Rudolph and Murray Goodwin are likely to feature.

Hampshire’s James Vince (441) is second only to Worcestershire’s Daryl Mitchell (532) at the top of the batting charts in division two and will be eager to continue his flying start to the season.

But Coles has warned that the Glamorgan bowling attack must be respected.

He said: ‘Some of the lads are in good nick at the moment and Vincey is definitely one of them.

‘Looking at their bowling, they have been doing very well so it will be a tough ask to beat them but I think we have got the team that is able to do it.’

While Coles has just five wickets to his name so far, he has not got the rewards he has probably deserved.

But he shrugged off his misfortune and believes the bowling attack are happy to share the workload.

He said: ‘As long as I am not going for too many runs and can hold an end up while the wickets fall at the other end, I’m not too fussed.

‘It’s a team game and it’s not every day that the wickets will come under your column in the book.

‘It’s about the bowling unit as a whole doing their thing and whoever’s day it is, can cash in.’

He added: ‘Earlier this week, the weather was quite nice so other teams got a game in, whereas we didn’t.

‘But it can’t be helped and it’s the luck of the draw.’

With Adam Wheater still out injured, Michael Bates will retain his place in the side but Hampshire are expected to be unchanged with Danny Briggs and David Balcombe both missing out again.