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Lancs pair demolish Northants

Having demolished Essex last week, Lancashire pace duo Kyle Hogg and Glen Chapple ripped through LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Northamptonshire on the opening day of their match at Emirates Old Trafford.

Hogg claimed career best figures of 7-27 and Chapple 3-34 as unbeaten Northamptonshire were dismissed for just 62 in 29.5 overs after being put in.

Lancashire had their own struggles with the bat in their reply as they were reduced to 121-8 when bad light stopped play with 15.3 overs left in the day.

Having bowled unchanged while bowling out Essex for just 20 in the second innings last week, Chapple and Hogg have now bowled 44.1 overs and taken 19 wickets for 81 runs in the last two innings.

“Any time you get a career best it is something to remember,” said Hogg. “My confidence is high, which is probably the main thing in cricket. I know what I am doing with the ball and it is paying off.

“I don’t feel like I am bowling any different now than I was during the first game against Worcestershire when I didn’t get a wicket in the game.

“We do a lot of stuff with our sports psychologist Lee Richardson, who plays a big part in our performances, but doing the basics well very often is what all good batsmen and bowlers do when they are playing well.”

After winning the toss Chapple struck with the fourth ball of the day when an edge from Kyle Coetzer was caught by Andrea Agathangelou at second slip. The Red Rose skipper also added the wickets of James Middlebrook and Cameron White.

The rest were down to Hogg. He trapped David Sales, Alexander Wakely, Robert Keogh and Andrew Hall all before lunch to leave the visitors 40-6.

Hogg carried on the charge after the interval with David Willey caught by Tom Smith – who was playing his first Championship match of the season – and then bowling former team-mate Steven Crook.

Chapple claimed his third when Cameron White was caught at slip by Ashwell Prince for a duck. And Hogg claimed his 200th Championship wicket when he bowled Muhammad Azharullah.

“It doesn’t matter what wicket you play on. If you bowl in the right area and create chances you have an opportunity to bowl teams out,” said Hogg.

“We hit two or three of them on the shin early, and if any side loses wickets that early the pressure is on them straight away.
“It was very humid which helps the ball swing and it has moved off the seam and any time you get that combination as a bowler you have every chance of taking wickets.”

The wickets kept on falling in Lancashire’s reply as Luke Procter, Prince and Luis Reece all went early to leave the Red Rose 41-3.
A stubborn partnership of 44 from Simon Katich and Agathangelou saw Lancashire past Northants’ score, before a collapse saw them lose five wickets for just 16 runs.

After Agathangelou was bowled by Hall for 21, Simon Katich was caught by wicketkeeper David Murphy off the bowing of Azharullah for 30.
Crook them trapped Gareth Cross lbw and, after Hogg was caught behind off Hall, Chapple’s leading edge flew to Coetzer at point to leave Lancashire 101-8 having been 85-3.

Smith and Stephen Parry - who was in for Steven Croft with Lancashire deciding to go with two spinners - added 20 before bad light forced play to be abandoned for the day.

 “You would have expected Northants to fight back,” said Hogg.  “They are top of the league for a reason.”

Photo: Simon Pendrigh

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