Edwards clocks off after finding top speed

Fidel Edwards. Picture: Neil Marshall
Fidel Edwards. Picture: Neil Marshall
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The West Indies fast bowler turned in his best display since his arrival in the Championship win at Sussex earlier this week.

I was clocked a couple of times, when I first started, at around 96 or 97mph

Fidel Edwards

And one late spell in the early evening sunshine on day two was about as venomous as you will see in Championship cricket with skipper Jimmy Adams suggesting it was as quick as anything he had ever seen in a county game.

Having got himself up to prime form and fitness, it’s a real shame the 33-year-old paceman will now head off to the Caribbean Premier League after the clash at Kent, although he is due to return towards the end of the season for a second stint.

But Edwards, who once clocked around 97mph on the speed gun, believes he can still cause problems with his raw pace.

He said: ‘I don’t try to bowl fast, I just try to get it in the right areas.

‘When I was younger, I was clocked a couple of times, when I first started, at around 96 or 97mph.

‘Hopefully I can still bend my back like that at this age.

‘I just run in and bowl but I feel like I have got a bit more rhythm now.

‘It would probably suit me more to keep playing but I have got commitments back home and I know I will be back for Hampshire in good form in a couple of months.

‘We’ve been doing pretty well in the t20 format and now we want to get another win at Kent.’

Although the English weather has not been to the Barbadian’s liking, he has made it clear he wants to return again in the future, even after his second spell of the summer.

He said: ‘Hopefully we can extend the deal for the next couple of years, that’s my aim. I’d love to play as long as I can.

‘Hampshire have had some West Indian greats play for them in the past and hopefully I can follow in their footsteps and join the bunch.

‘I’ve really enjoyed it. It took me a couple of games to get going and it was probably just acclimatising.

‘But it’s been lovely – just a bit cold and wet.

‘At Sussex, I went for a walk by the sea and it was terrible!

‘The waves were kicking and I was right next to the sea as well. But it’s a good experience to be here.’

Hampshire travel to Canterbury eager to reverse their shock defeat in the reverse fixture three weeks ago.

The hosts looked well on course for victory until Alex Blake blasted a remarkable 71 not out from just 30 balls to fire his side to victory.

And Adams is hopeful the boot will be on the other foot this time.

He said: ‘We got beaten by Kent with a gem of an innings from Blake but for the most part, we have done pretty well.

‘We were a few runs short at Taunton and we had our chances to get Chris Gayle, which would have changed it.

‘Hopefully, we can get ourselves into a good position and close it out a bit better than we did last time.

‘But there are guys a long way down most orders who can change a game and can hurt you.

‘It’s a strong group, everyone has beaten everyone so it’s about making sure you produce on that evening.’