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Hogg strikes at Southport
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Kyle Hogg continued his stunning run of form with the ball in the LV= County Championship during today's action packed opening day against Notts at Southport

Hogg, 28 years old, took 5-28 from 13 overs to help bowl the visitors out for 203 after their captain Chris Read had elected to bat, and he has now taken 36 wickets in five and a half matches since returning from injury.

But their day did not go completely to plan as the men from Trent Bridge recovered from 27-5 and 69-7 before lunch.

Their last three wickets put on 134 runs, with Andre Adams and Graeme White sharing 65 for the eighth wicket and Darren Pattinson (35 not out) and Luke Fletcher 58 for the tenth.

Former New Zealand international Adams then took three wickets in 15 balls before close to reduce Lancashire from 67-0 to 68-3, getting Stephen Moore (37) lbw and Paul Horton and Mark Chilton caught behind.

Pattinson also forced Karl Brown to chop on as Lancashire closed their first day of cricket at the Trafalgar Road ground since 1999 on 86-4 from 32 overs.

Hogg still believes Lancashire, who will go top of the Division One table if they can collect six points whatever the result, are in a healthy state in the game.

“We’ve lost two more wickets than we’d have liked,” he said. “But we’ve got a lot of batting left, and we’re only one partnership away from getting up to their score.

“If you get two people in, it’s quite hard to get rid of them. Once you get through the new ball, it can be quite hard to get it past the bat.

“If the batters get in, it’s a good wicket. We just bowled well, putting them under a lot of pressure. They bowled better the longer things went.”

The Notts tail batted with far less desperation than their top order colleagues had done, although batting became notably easier as the ball got softer.

Hogg was the chief destroyer as Notts lost four wickets in nine balls to fall from 27-1.

In front of a season’s high Championship crowd of 2,606, Hogg moved the ball off the pitch and through the air, also taking advantage of some extra bounce with the brand new ball.

He got openers Neil Edwards and Alex Hales caught behind, Adam Voges bowled, Steven Mullaney trapped lbw and White caught at second slip by Tom Smith for 32, including two sixes.

Hales, Voges and Mullaney all fell in the 12th over, which gave him the rarity of a treble wicket maiden.

Smith, who took four catches, had already rapped Riki Wessels on the pads and Glen Chapple removed Read in identical fashion to leave the score at 53-6.

And when top-scorer Samit Patel holed out to mid-off for 37 to get Gary Keedy’s name in the wickets column, Notts were seven down in the 21st.

But that was when the East Midlands county started their recovery, with Adams, White, Fletcher and Pattinson all harnessing aggression with plenty of control.

Adams fell for 33 when he punted left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, selected ahead of Sajid Mahmood, to long-on before White and Fletcher edged Hogg and Chapple to Smith at second slip.

Hogg’s spell was a lesson in bowling a tight line and length, thus taking advantage of help offered by the conditions.

“That’s the same on any wicket anywhere in the world,” he said. “People who do well just bowl it straight and on a good length. If you don’t bowl well, you will get hit for four. If you do bowl well, you have a chance of getting people out.”

Graham Hardcastle
Photos (c) Simon Pendrigh
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