Kyle Hogg spoke of a frustrating day for Lancashire as Glamorgan's Murray Goodwin stole the show with a century during today's opening day of the LV= County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.
The 40-year-old Zimbabwean, the oldest player in this season’s Championship finished the day on 138 not out off 245 balls, contributing to his side’s close of play 315-3 from 97 overs after they had won an important toss.
He shared in two half-century stands and one hundred partnership with Jim Allenby, who finished the day unbeaten on 68 off 109. The pair will resume their unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 130 tomorrow morning.
Hogg was in philosophical mood after playing, admitting: “We stuck at it all day. It is probably the best batting wicket we have had here for quite a long time. We would have loved to have batted first on it.
“People like Goodwin, when they get in on good wickets, make big scores. That’s why they have played for as long as they have and why they average what they do.
“It is tough, but you have to think that for all the easier days you have, when the sun has been out like it has over the last few weeks, this is where batsmen come into their own. We have had a few good days when it has swung and nipped about off the seam. The roles have reversed here.
“The pitch hasn’t done much, even with the new ball. We have rarely beaten the outside edge. It is a typical old Old Trafford pitch that when the sun is out it is rock hard.
“We thought it might even turn today. And when there is more wear on the pitch, that’s why you bat first because your spinners come into it more.
“It felt like the Old Trafford of old where they used to go like concrete slabs. When you looked at it this morning you would think it would deteriorate quickly and spin, but it looks like it has gone the other way where they used to go in the past. Three days is still a long time to play on it. You can’t judge it on just one day. They also batted well.
“It is perfect for a Test match. It’s what you expect at a Test ground where as a bowler you have to work hard for your wickets.”
Lancashire handed a debut to off-spinner Arron Lilley after he impressed in the Twenty20. He finished with 0-48 from 14 overs alongside Simon Kerrigan, who finished with 2-114 from 29. Unfortunately, they only bowled two maidens between them in 43 overs.
“I think he just thought he could spin them all out!” quipped Hogg. “Chappie was saying on his debut Lancashire took three wickets on the first day at Sussex (in 1992), and he bowled 12 overs for 55 runs. I think it was bringing back memories for him.
“But this is how you learn. You don’t learn as much when the ball is spinning sideways or as a seamer when it is a green. The character of the players come through on a day like this.”
There was an element of batsman error in all three of Glamorgan’s dismissals, especially their third just before tea when debutant Chris Cooke slapped a Kerrigan short ball straight to Luke Procter at cover to leave the score at 185-3 in the 62nd over.
Will Bragg had driven at Kerrigan and edged to Ashwell Prince at slip in the 17th over and Gareth Rees (58) did the same to Hogg and was well caught at the second attempt by Andrea Agathangelou just after lunch.
Lilley came into the side for Wayne White, while Glamorgan handed a debut to New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum due to a bereavement in Marcus North’s family. McCullum played Twenty20 cricket for Lancashire in 2010.
This was a season’s best for Goodwin, who shared partnerships of 77 for the second wicket with Rees, 65 for the third with Cooke and united with Allenby just before tea. The latter reached his fifty off 74 balls.
Kerrigan dropped Goodwin on 129 off his own bowling late on: “We can’t have it all our way all the time,” Hogg added. “You have to work hard to win any game of cricket. Probably over the last three or four games we have had it all our own way. The first day at Northampton last week was hard work, but we ended up getting a result. For all the time it is easier, you have to put in the hard yards as well.”
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