Sean Ervine could be key. (©GettyImages)
Sean Ervine could be key. (©GettyImages).

Hampshire target top spot in Glamorgan clash

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LV = County Championship

11th-14th May

The Ageas Bowl

Hampshire can go top of the LV= County Championship Division 2 with a win over Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl in the four-day match which starts on Sunday.

Current league leaders Worcestershire are not playing opening up the opportunity for Hampshire to go first with a victory.

Hampshire remain firmly focused on beating Glamorgan and bowler Matt Coles believes that they have a squad capable of doing just that.

The 23-year-old said in a press release sent to GMS: “We want to do our best to try and win the game. It’s going to be a tough ask especially with their bowlers doing very well recently but I think we’ve got the players to be able to do it.”

Coles and his team-mates were not in action this week which is something he feels they have benefited from.

“It’s been nice to have a week off, the boys have worked hard up until now and hopefully we can go into this game and hit the ground running."

The Hampshire squad remains unchanged from the 13 that were named for the last fixture against Surrey. Wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Wheater is recovering well from his hand-injury but this game comes too soon for him.

Glamorgan are without Australian fast-bowler Michael Hogan but experienced batsmen Jacques Rudolph and Murray are set to feature along with Graham Wagg who will lead the seam attack.

Both teams have won one and drawn three of their opening LV matches this season however the history is with Hampshire who are undefeated since 1991 in Championship matches against Glamorgan.

Hampshire squad:
Will Smith (2)
Jimmy Adams (4)
Joe Gatting (6)
Sean Ervine (7)
Liam Dawson (8)
James Vince (14)
Michael Carberry (15)
Michael Bates (16)
Danny Briggs (19)
James Tomlinson (21)
Matt Coles (26)
David Balcombe (84)
Kyle Abbott (87)

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