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Lancs on top at Liverpool
Lancs on top at Liverpool
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Kyle Hogg and Tom Smith combined to great affect against Hampshire on the opening day at Liverpool

The pair took seven wickets between them to bowl the visitors out for 160, with five wickets falling for just one run in a devastating 16-ball burst during the morning session, as Hampshire slumped from 62-1 to 63-6.

Hogg returned a season’s best 4-53 from 14 overs, just 24 hours after carrying the county to a nail-biting Clydesdale Bank 40 win over the Unicorns with two wickets and 34 not out at Colwyn Bay. Fellow fast medium paced bowler Smith, also chipped in with an impressive 3-40.

Captain Glen Chapple also added a couple of wickets – he recorded 50 for the season - but would have been thrilled to see his colleagues do the lion’s share of the work because he was on and off the field a couple of times due to an ankle injury.

Lancashire then responded in impressive fashion by reaching 124-2 from 46 overs at close. In-form Mark Chilton is three runs away from his fourth half century in his last seven innings, and will obviously be looking to get there first thing in the morning.

“There was enough in the pitch to knock them over for 160,” said an understandably chipper Smith. “Maybe we could have got them for a little bit less, but Chris Wood played some nice shots.

“To come out 36 behind with eight wickets left is a pretty good effort.”

Wood top scored for Hampshire with 35, and he shared an eighth wicket stand of 30 with Dominic Cork and 43 for the ninth wicket with James Tomlinson to ensure his side were not embarrassed as Derbyshire had been in Division Two against Gloucestershire at Bristol (Derby were bowled out for 44).

On that 16-ball spell, which yielded five wickets, Smith said: “It came from nowhere, and it changed the game. It can sometimes happen like that in cricket. When we played Warwickshire earlier in the season, we were 30-6. But this has put us in a strong position.”

Hogg had Michael Carberry caught behind by Gareth Cross, he trapped Neil McKenzie lbw, had Michael Bates caught at second slip by Smith and had Wood caught by Paul Horton at first slip after lunch.

Smith had Australian Test player Phil Hughes – he looked like a cat on a hot tin roof during his innings of 20 - caught by Horton and removed Sean Ervine lbw in consecutive balls. He later bowled James Vince.

Dominic Cork then trapped Horton lbw early in Lancashire’s first innings before Karl Brown was dropped on 14 by Hughes at third slip off Ervine on his way to 21. He was caught behind by Bates off Ervine to leave the score 49-2 in the 21st over.

Chilton and Chanderpaul then shared an unbroken third wicket partnership of 75.

The former hit eight fours and pulled Wood for six, while Chanderpaul nudged and flicked his way to 25 not out without hitting a boundary.

Smith added: “Hopefully we can press on and bat the whole day tomorrow. We’d then have two days to bowl them out. “It’s swinging. It’s not doing a great deal (else), but there’s a bit of (uneven) bounce.

“We bowled well. They also showed that you can beat the bat, so Chilly’s played well and Shiv’s played well.”

Graham Hardcastle at Liverpool
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