Unchanged Hampshire looking to continue promotion push

Giles White

Giles White

First published in Sport

Hampshire have named an unchanged squad for their latest LV= County Championship match, as they look to take a big step towards promotion.

Bottom side Leicestershire will be the visitors to the Ageas Bowl tomorrow, for the start of a four-day contest, with Hampshire hoping to strengthen their grip on second place in Division Two.

The match represents their game-in-hand on Surrey, who lie third, and provides an excellent opportunity to move closer to a top-flight return.

Hampshire have selected the same 12 who powered to a 196-run win at Kent in their last County Championship outing, meaning all-rounder Chris Wood – who impressed with bat and ball at Canterbury – gets a second appearance in this season’s competition.

While Leicestershire have failed to register a win in their dozen matches this season, Hampshire’s director of cricket, Giles White, pictured, is taking nothing for granted.

“We are well-placed in the division and we need to build on that to make sure we play good cricket and get over the line,” he said.

“Their [Leicestershire’s] division placing means that they are not under pressure and they can play with freedom and that makes them dangerous.

“They’ve got talented players, but we know if we can play well then hopefully we will come out on top.”

HAMPSHIRE: Smith, Adams, Ervine, Dawson, Vince, Carberry, Briggs, Tomlinson, Wood, Coles, Wheater, Akram.

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9:24am Sat 30 Aug 14

Scored raw says...

Still trying to get over hampshires loss to Lancashire, by rights hants should of seen off lanc. What the hell went wrong, a dismal display, and they know it. Best of luck with promotion.
Still trying to get over hampshires loss to Lancashire, by rights hants should of seen off lanc. What the hell went wrong, a dismal display, and they know it. Best of luck with promotion. Scored raw
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10:18am Sat 30 Aug 14

The Wickham Man says...

I'm afraid Matt Coles doesn't seem to posess a team brain - or occasionally even a brain at all. All huff and puff and no thought. Rival teams have sussed him out and know exactly which traps to set and how he is going to bowl. If he doesn't get a lot smarter he might as well play in the SOuthern League.
I'm afraid Matt Coles doesn't seem to posess a team brain - or occasionally even a brain at all. All huff and puff and no thought. Rival teams have sussed him out and know exactly which traps to set and how he is going to bowl. If he doesn't get a lot smarter he might as well play in the SOuthern League. The Wickham Man
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10:24am Sat 30 Aug 14

Pragmatist55 says...

It's all very well talking about promotion but seriously are Hampshire good enough for division 1? There are a lot of shortcomings in both the team and the management right now. The record this season speaks to that with some abysmal performances. For me it is a team without direction or structure lead by a lightweight management . I wish it was better.
It's all very well talking about promotion but seriously are Hampshire good enough for division 1? There are a lot of shortcomings in both the team and the management right now. The record this season speaks to that with some abysmal performances. For me it is a team without direction or structure lead by a lightweight management . I wish it was better. Pragmatist55
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