Kyle Hogg does not feel that he is a pinch-hitter, despite being elevated to opening the batting in one-day cricket for Lancashire.
The 25 year-old all-rounder top scored with 58 from 93 balls in today’s 16-run friendly win against Yorkshire at Old Trafford, and has been named in a 12-man squad for tomorrow’s fixture against Derbyshire. [Scorecard]
Hogg, the left-hander, shared a third wicket stand of 108 with Mark Chilton, who hit 45, but Lancashire were bowled out for just 179 in 49 overs after Deon Kruis took 4-19 from ten for the visitors.
Hogg then showed his prowess with the ball to record impressive figures of 0-21 from ten overs to help restrict Yorkshire to 163-9 with Azeem Rafiq not returning to the field after retiring hurt with a tweaked knee.
Oliver Newby claimed 3-32 from ten overs, Tom Smith 2-29 from ten, Stephen Parry 2-35 from ten and Steven Croft 2-27 from five. White Rose stand-in skipper Andrew Gale top scored with 67.
“It is the fifth time I have opened (the batting) now. I got one score against Sussex (in Abu Dhabi), then a few low scores, so it was just good to get some runs really,” he said, before admitting that he is still unsure whether he will partner Mal Loye when Glamorgan visit Old Trafford in the Friends Provident Trophy a week on Sunday.
“Peter (Moores) likes the idea of having a right-hand/left-hand partnership at the top of the order. If I bat the way I can bat, I can score quite quickly. I know from opening the bowling it is quite hard sometimes against left and right-hand partnerships. If you get the ball in the wrong areas, you can get scored off quite quickly.
“Today I only got four or five in the first few overs, and then you can score quite quickly once you get yourself in. The way Mal plays when he is batting well, he is as good as anyone. If we stick in together, we will score quite well.”
The Lightning lost five wickets for ten runs in 31 balls to fall from 142-3 to 152-8 in their batting effort, something which put Hogg and his bowling chums under enormous pressure when they returned to the field.
Hogg, Newby and Smith were the main protagonists in restricting Yorkshire to a slow run-rate - but while left-hander Gale was at the crease, it always looked as if Yorkshire were on top.
But that chance went when he holed out to Gareth Cross at cover off the bowling of Croft in the 41st over. Tail-ender Kruis then walloped a lusty 29, but it was too little, too late.
“Even though they are friendly matches, nothing beats winning. I think sometimes in the past we might have lost that game,” Hogg added.
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