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Hampshire loan signing set to face Lancashire
5:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
Hampshire have signed all-rounder Matt Coles on loan from Kent until the end of the season ahead of their LV= County Championship clash with Lancashire.
The 23-year-old goes straight into the team to play the Division 2 leaders tomorrow.
Hampshire are without England pairing Michael Carberry and Danny Briggs, who both received call-ups to play Australia on Thursday at the Ageas Bowl.
But Spinner Brad Taylor is included in the squad for the first time after impressing in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Derbyshire.
Coles, who has represented England Lions, is known as a powerfully-built all-rounder with a lot of potential. But has had his fair share of injury problems this term, making just seven Championship appearances which have brought 13 wickets at 42.23 and his four-day batting average is down at 17.
After rejecting a new deal at Canterbury, where he took 133 wickets in 50 First Class matches at an average of 30.67,, he will be looking to win a contract at the Ageas Bowl before he becomes unattached in October.
He has scored one First Class century and four half-centuries with the bat in his time at with Kent.
“I’m delighted to be joining Hampshire for the remainder of the 2013 season,” he said.
“I have played against and alongside many of the guys in the team and look forward to a very productive time at The Ageas Bowl.”
Coles was sent home with Durham’s Ben Stokes from the Lions’ tour of Australia earlier this year for disciplinary reasons and has not featured in an international match since.
He will wear the number 78 shirt and could be being eyed as a potential replacement for the departing Dimi Mascarenhas, who is leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.
The left-handed batsman has faced Hampshire three times this season, in the Friend Life T20 fixture at the Ageas Bowl he was out after a single run and bowled two overs getting no wickets as his side won by eight runs.
In the return match at Canterbury Coles took two wickets in four overs, conceding 44 as Kent were beaten by 62 runs.
Coles is expected to go straight into the side for Hampshire’s County Championship clash with Lancashire, will be looking to bounce back after losing by 70 runs to Essex in the YB40 at Old Trafford on Monday.
Hampshire drew with Lancashire in May at the Ageas Bowl, which is one of seven draws this season, and will be once again coming up against former star Simon Katich.
Katich, is in fine fettle after hitting a century in Lancs’ last County Championship match against Worcestershire, bringing his total to 1,041 runs this term and could be dangerous again along with England Test spinner Simon Kerrigan. Seam duo Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg have also impressed with both having taken 49 wickets in 11 matches. Hampshire are still a long way from promotion to Division One and are still 51 points behind Northamptonshire in second but have a game in hand and are unbeaten in their last three LV=CC matches.
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