Lancashire's stunning start to their LV= County Championship campaign continued at pace today as they completed the formalities of a thumping ten-wicket win against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl
Kyle Hogg continued to dominate the home side’s batting this morning with four more wickets in their second innings to add to his seven in the first.
The 27 year-old’s match haul of 11-59 from 31 overs is not surprisingly the best return of his career.
Hampshire resumed day three on 163-5, still trailing by 32 runs, but could only muster another 38 runs as they were bowled out for 201.
That left openers Paul Horton and Stephen Moore with the easy task of knocking off the seven runs required for victory. The former hit Dominic Cork for two boundaries from the first three balls of the innings to confirm the capture of 22 points.
It is Lancashire’s third win on the spin following successes against Warwickshire and Yorkshire.
Although they immediately gained a 19-point advantage of the top the tree, stand-in captain Mark Chilton and his team-mates will only know exactly where they stand tomorrow when Warwickshire and Durham finish their match at Edgbaston.
A delighted Chilton said: “I don’t think that morning session could have gone any better, but we started the match so well.
“328 on the first day was a brilliant effort. Karl Brown’s 96 was one of the best knocks I’ve seen for a long time. Then we just did what we’ve been doing all year, bowling to plans, trying to keep runs down and waiting for our chance.”
Hampshire quickly slipped to 168-7 this morning as Hogg got Nic Pothas caught at first slip by Horton and bowled Benny Howell for 68.
Cork hit Sajid Mahmood for three fours and a six in an over to virtually ensure the visitors would have to bat again, but Hogg trapped Dimitri Mascarenhas lbw before the deficit had been wiped out.
With the scores level, Hogg also had Cork caught at long-on by Gary Keedy for 20. Keedy then bowled David Griffiths to wrap up the innings.
All four of Hogg’s second innings wickets were taken this morning for the concession of only seven runs, and he finished with 4-31 from 17 overs.
“For Kyle to come in and bowl that well on his first Championship appearance of the season speaks volumes for the quality we have in the group,” said Chilton. “But it’s not just good luck.
“We’ve been working towards it for a long time. From the time we got together in December, Peter Moores has been extremely efficient, especially with the bowlers.
“Every ball has been monitored, and we’ve worked incredibly hard on being consistent and disciplined.”
Chilton, Moores and everybody else connected with Lancashire would have had a wry smile at seeing heavy rain hit the Rose Bowl within an hour of the match finishing.
One person who did not have a smile on his face, however, was Hampshire captain Cork, who left the ground 20 minutes after he had bowled the last ball, even refusing to speak to the waiting media.
The Lancashire squad will not alter their plans to travel direct from Southampton to Durham, opting to rest and recuperate today and tomorrow before training on Saturday in the North East.
“They’re a form team. But, with the quality of cricket we’re producing, we’ll look to put them under pressure,” added Chilton of opponents Durham.
Reports: Day 1 I Day 2
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
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