Hampshire chief thrilled to extend stay of Fidel Edwards

Fidel Edwards. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Fidel Edwards. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Giles White is thrilled to have secured the services of Fidel Edwards for another season.

The former West Indies fast bowler has penned a new one-year deal with Hampshire.

Edwards underlined his class this week with 10 wickets in the match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

And White is delighted to have sealed his return to the club next summer.

Hampshire’s director of cricket said: ‘

‘He’s been fantastic for us this year.

‘He’s bowled with a lot of pace and knowhow in varying conditions and we’re delighted to have him with us again.

‘Fidel has always expressed his enjoyment at playing for Hampshire.

‘He was thankful we showed faith in him to start with.

‘And he adds a different dimension to our bowling attack.

‘This will give the changing room a huge boost going into next season.’

Edwards has taken 45 wickets at an average of 20.88 in eight County Championship fixtures this season.

Hampshire have already tied up a deal to bring England left-armer Reece Topley to the club from Essex next term.

The current campaign is not over yet, though.

They need 111 runs to complete victory over Nottinghamshire today.

If they seal success, defeat for Sussex at champions Yorkshire would see the Ageas Bowl outfit snatch a remarkable escape from division one relegation.

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