Lancashire will be looking for a little bit more luck when play continues at the Rose Bowl tomorrow after the opening day of their LV County Championship match against Hampshire was rain affected.
The Red Rose, missing injured bowling duo Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood, only managed to take two Hampshire wickets in the 47 overs that were possible.
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Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas won the toss and elected to bat first and the hosts had made it to 144-2 when rain brought a premature end to the day’s proceedings. Left-handed opener Jimmy Adams had reached 82 not out off 139 balls, while Kyle Hogg claimed 2-39 from 15 overs.
Chapple is missing his second game because of his left foot injury, but Mahmood is out after failing to recover from the side strain he picked up in the Pro40 League win over Northamptonshire on Tuesday.
“It’s a shame Saj has gone in the side because he has been bowling really well of late,” said Hogg. “It means there’s a lot of responsibility on everybody’s shoulders.”
Mahmood’s misfortune meant left-arm spinner Stephen Parry made his Championship debut, but he did not bowl today. Instead, Tom Smith, Oliver Newby and Hogg all toiled away on what seems to be a good pitch despite its green tinge.
“Tom deserved to get Adams out, I can’t remember the amount of times he went past the outside edge,” continued Hogg. “It could quite easily have been 140-3 or 140-4.”
To add insult to injury for Smith, Adams pulled him for a huge six over square-leg in the 15th over after lunch.
Hogg claimed the only wicket to fall this morning - that of in-form left-hander Michael Carberry, who holed out to Mark Chilton at deep backward square for 33. Hogg, who revealed that stand-in captain Luke Sutton would have also batted had he won the toss, had former Lancashire captain John Crawley well caught by VVS Laxman at second slip for 21 to leave the score 133-2 in the 46th over.
“I’ve not really bowled at him too much before, but I’ve seen him play a lot,” continued Hogg. “He is a top class player, and it was good to get him out.”
After the wicket of Crawley, only eight more balls were possible. James Vince will resume with Adams tomorrow morning.
Hogg has now taken 19 Championship wickets this summer, equalling his best haul in a summer. He has taken the new ball in the last three matches, and added: “It’s just a matter of keep playing, keep building confidence, and that is starting to pay off.”
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