Fidel Edwards’ return can add Hampshire edge

Fidel Edwards Picture: Neil Marshall
Fidel Edwards Picture: Neil Marshall
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Fidel Edwards has been backed to pep up Hampshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.

The West Indies fast bowler appeared to be just rediscovering his rhythm during his first stint with the club when he had to return to fulfil his Caribbean Premier League commitments.

His stint with the St Lucia Zouks ended in disappointment as they failed to make the knockout phase of the competition.

Despite having star batsman Kevin Pietersen in their ranks, they ended up with four wins and five defeats from their nine completed matches.

Edwards made his Hampshire return in the disappointing five-wicket defeat at Kent on Thursday and is now set to see out the remainder of the campaign in all formats.

And while it was a poor batting display from the team, his three wickets for 47 at least suggested his form and fitness is about where it needs to be.

Hampshire now face a 50-over double-header this weekend as they host Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl today and then visit Glamorgan tomorrow (both 10.30am).

Director of cricket, Giles White, said: ‘Fidel bowled a nice spell at Kent and got a couple of wickets so that was a positive for us.

‘Having him back in and around the group is a real plus.

‘It was a disappointing result at Canterbury but now we go again.

‘It’s the nature of one-day cricket – we’ve got to bounce back, it’s as simple as that.

‘We’ve won one and lost one but these are an important two games for us.

‘So we have got to look to win both of those to put ourselves in a good position.’