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Full name Matthew Thomas Coles
Born May 26, 1990, Maidstone, Kent
Current age 24 years 206 days
Major teams England Lions, Kent, Kent 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class debut||Kent v Loughborough UCCE at Canterbury, Apr 15-17, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, Aug 9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, Jun 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hampshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 3/58, 10, 1/40||Hampshire||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|4/84, 3, 0||Hampshire||v Kent||Southampton||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|4/108, 2, 3/67||Hampshire||v Leics||Southampton||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/50, 0||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|25, 0/57||Hampshire||v Yorkshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|5, 1/36, 3/68||Hampshire||v Kent||Canterbury||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|2/66, 2||Hampshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|-||Hampshire||v Worcs||Southampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|2||Hampshire||v Northants||Southampton||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|1, 0/21||Hampshire||v Leics||Southampton||6 Aug 2014||LA|
Matt Coles is a powerfully-built allrounder who moved from his home county of Kent to Hampshire to move his career forward. An aggressive bustling seamer he took 41 wickets at 28.41 in 2014 as Hampshire gained promotion and now has his chance to impress back in Division One of the County Championship and to attract the England selectors once more.
Coles was picked for the England Lions tour of Australia at the start of 2013 after making great strides the season before - he made a maiden Championship century against Yorkshire at Headingley, reaching the landmark with a reverse sweep for six, and also took 52 wickets at 22.03. But his chance with the Lions proved a disaster; after playing three of the first four matches of the tour, Coles was sent home for second breach of discipline along with Ben Stokes.
He returned to Kent but refused to sign a new contract and went on loan to Hampshire towards the end of the season. 21 wickets at 24 in five matches, including a career-best 10 for 154 in the final match of the season against Essex, was enough to earn him a three-year deal and a year later he played a solid hand in helping Hampshire return to Division One.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2011
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