Coles striv­ing to reach 100-wicket mark

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Matt Coles has his sights set on cel­e­brat­ing his 100th wicket of the sea­son in Kent’s clash with Glam­or­gan at Cardiff this week, writes Alex Hoad. Four wick­ets in last week’s draw at home to cham­pi­ons Lan­cashire took Coles to 61 scalps in 12 matches in LV= County Cham­pi­onship, Di­vi­sion 2 with a fur­ther 16 in eight Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup ap­pear­ances and 17 in 13 Nat-West T20 Blast games. Coles (pic­tured) said: “Hope­fully get­ting to 100 is some­thing i can do in this game. i have been aware for the past three or four weeks that i was get­ting there, since i got to 75 or 80. “Last week was a bit of a strug­gle but i man­aged to hang in there and i’m on 94 now – hope­fully i’ll be able to get four big days of bowl­ing across these last two games and we can fin­ish on a high and make the 100.” The 25-year-old, a for­mer Eng­land Lions player, has been a pic­ture of con­sis­tency this sea­son af­ter re­turn­ing from an 18-month stint at Hamp­shire – a spell which he says was the foun­da­tion of his suc­cess ‘back home’ this sum­mer. He ad­mit­ted: “The year away at Hamp­shire has prob­a­bly been the best thing for my ca­reer. i learned a lot about my game and play­ing on a flat pitch like that you have to de­velop your skills to pick up wick­ets. “i’ve come back home and man­aged to use those skills on the slope at Can­ter­bury and it’s gone well. it’s nice to be here and set­tled en­joy­ing some suc­cess – it would be nice to show a bit more what i can do with the bat, though.” Coles made a show-stop­ping cen­tury bat­ting at No.9 in the One-Day Cup quar­ter-fi­nal loss at Sur­rey but av­er­aged just 15 in four-day cricket this term and he ad­mit­ted: “i’ve not shown what i can do so it was nice to do that, it’s just a shame it wasn’t enough, hav­ing been so close. “i’ve got a Cham­pi­onship hun­dred but that was a few years ago now and it’s time for me to score a few more runs and get that av­er­age up.”

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