Kyle Hogg lit up the afternoon and evening sessions of day two with a fabulous innings of 81 off 111 balls against Hampshire at Liverpool.
The 27 year-old all-rounder, awarded his first team cap recently, continued a prolific three days personally on a sun drenched Merseyside day.
Replying to Hampshire’s first innings 160, the Red Rose responded with a mammoth 398 to take a lead of 238.
Hogg’s effort, the highest innings of the match by a distance, was supplemented by 48 from Mark Chilton, 47 from Sajid Mahmood, 44 from Gareth Cross, 38 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul and 31 from Tom Smith.
Hampshire, with Hogg saying that the conditions are still good to bowl in, then reached 15-0 from seven overs of their second innings, and will return to Aigburth with an uphill battle on their hands tomorrow.
Hogg, who took four wickets on the first day, also claimed two wickets and hit 34 not out to help win Monday’s thrilling Clydesdale Bank 40 match against the Unicorns at Colwyn Bay.
“Winning a game like that will give you confidence,” said Hogg in reference to the 40-over success in North Wales.
“It’s always good to be able to get some wickets and follow it up by getting some runs as well. For me, it’s usually a case of doing one or the other, so it’s good to be able to get both in the same game.
“Batting and bowling together is a confidence thing. Once you start getting wickets and runs, it comes a lot easier. The wickets were important, but we needed to get a good partnership together.”
Sajid Mahmood passed 500 runs for the season in the midst of his entertaining 58-ball innings. Mahmood shared an eighth wicket stand of 89 inside 15 overs with Hogg, and hit six fours and a huge six over long on off the bowling of Chris Wood.
But, resuming on 124-2 this morning, Lancashire only scored 40 runs for the loss of three wickets in the morning session. It was a stark contrast with what happened later in the day.
Hogg, who hit eleven fours and a maximum, commented: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like 40-odd runs in the first session, but Corky and (James) Tomlinson bowled really well.”
Lancashire only scored two runs in the first eight overs, which owed much to left armer pace bowler Tomlinson bowling eight maidens in his first ten overs of the day to Chilton and Chanderpaul.
Hogg also played his part in partnerships of 30 for the ninth wicket with Glen Chapple – he batted with a runner due to injury – and 54 inside 12 overs for the tenth with Gary Keedy (12 not out).
“If you bowl straight, it is hard to score,” continued Hogg. “We played and missed a few times when we could easily have nicked it, and it is quite hard for a new batter to come in.
“We grounded them down. We could have lost four or five wickets in the first session. But, as the day goes on when it is hot, it is harder for bowlers to come back at you.
“Me and Saj put on a few runs, and when he got out it was good to bat with Chappie for a bit. Even with Keeds at the end, we frustrated them.”
Wicketkeeper Cross shared a stand of 75 for the sixth wicket inside 25 with Smith to get Lancashire going after their slow morning, and the Red Rose claimed three batting bonus points.
Hampshire were forced to employ South African Test batsman Neil McKenzie as a medium pacer after tea. McKenzie had only bowled 135 overs in his 208 first-class matches prior to this, but exceeded expectations with the wickets of Mahmood and Chapple in a tidy nine over spell.
Hogg hit left arm spinner Danny Briggs for his six over mid wicket before falling shortly afterwards trying to repeat the dose. He was caught by a juggling James Vince on the long on boundary.
The work was not done there for Hogg, however, because he was back bowling with the new ball in his hand before the close, with Peter Moores revealing that Chapple is unlikely to bowl tomorrow.
Day 1 Report
Graham Hardcastle at Liverpool
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