Seven-wicket star Kyle Hogg inspired Lancashire during another stunning day of LV= County Championship cricket against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
The 27 year-old seam bowling all-rounder, playing his first four-day match of the season following thigh and ankle injuries, returned career best figures of 7-28 from 14 overs to skittle the hosts for 133 in reply to Lancashire’s opening day 328.
Hogg took his last six wickets for the loss of just six runs in 28 balls as the hosts slumped from 98-3.
They are the best figures by anybody in county cricket this summer, and also the best by a Lancashire player in first-class cricket since Peter Martin took 8-32 against Middlesex at Uxbridge in 1997.
His display allowed stand-in captain Mark Chilton to enforce the follow-on, meaning Dominic Cork’s Hampshire were batting again midway through the afternoon session as the leaders marched on relentlessly.
There were also two first innings wickets for Oliver Newby, who has been on the sidelines as well through injury, while Sajid Mahmood, also returning from injury, struck too.
Three wickets for Mahmood were then the main reason why Hampshire are tottering in their second innings at 163-5 after 51.5 overs, going into tomorrow’s third days still 32 runs in arrears.
Tom Smith and Newby had reduced the hosts to 31-2 early in their second innings, with Jimmy Adams and Johann Myburgh both departing.
But a third-wicket stand of 48 between Benny Howell (68 not out) and Neil McKenzie and a fourth wicket stand of 82 between Howell and James Vince frustrated the visitors until the dying stages of the day.
Mahmood then had Vince superbly caught at backward point by a diving Steven Croft as the batsman unsuccessfully fended a well directed bouncer, before getting night-watchman Danny Briggs caught in the slips by Karl Brown with the fifth ball of the day’s last over.
Hogg said: “With Jimmy missing, Chappie injured and the 'Roof gone, once you get in you have to prove your worth.
“We just bowled well today. There was a lot of help for the bowlers, but you’ve got to put the ball in the right areas. Some days you get the nicks behind, and some days you don’t. We’re in a really good position, and things are going our way.”
Despite Hogg getting Howell caught behind by Gareth Cross in the third over of the day, leaving the score at 1-1, Adams and Myburgh then steadied the ship with a second wicket stand of 55.
Batting actually looked pretty simple when they were together, scoring eleven boundaries between them.
But Myburgh left one alone and was bowled by Newby and Adams edged a loose drive off the same bowler behind to reduce the score at 73-3 in the 22nd, opening the door for the visitors.
Hogg then blew that door wide open with his second wicket, that of Neil McKenzie caught behind by Cross in the last over of the morning session.
He then had Vince caught by Paul Horton at second slip after the break, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Nic Pothas caught behind and captain Cork and Briggs both trapped lbw.
Mahmood wrapped up the innings when he had Kabir Ali caught and bowled off a top edge in the 42nd over. Cross also claimed five victims behind the stumps.
Hogg said: “Saj probably bowled better than anybody because he kept beating their outside edge.”
And on his own display, he joked: “I believe Chappie was upstairs saying ‘he best not get eight because I’ve only ever got seven’. If I’d have known that, I would have been even more desperate to get eight!”
Smith and Newby struck within the first ten overs of Hampshire’s second innings, getting Adams caught behind and Myburgh caught at second slip by Horton.
Howell and McKenzie then showed the first sign of Hampshire resistance since the morning session with their third wicket alliance.
But Mahmood trapped the latter lbw, leaving the score at 79-3, before giving his team-mates a further boost with the late wickets of Vince and Briggs.
Hogg added: “Me and Saj were having a bit of a laugh at mid-off about it being tough to get seven wickets in the morning, but we’ve deserved those two big wickets.
“We’ve proved this game that we’ve got three international class players missing, yet we’re still in a great position to go on and win the game.”
Day 1 Report
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