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Hoggard has stunning figures

Second XI Friendly: Leicestershire 233-8 (Taylor 49, Robinson 49, Wells 34) lead Nottinghamshire 149 (Hoggard 8-21, including hat-trick) by 84 runs.

Matthew Hoggard took 8-21, including a hat-trick, as Leicestershire Second XI dominated the opening day of the friendly against Nottinghamshire at Kibworth.

Hoggard’s heroics helped bowl out Notts for 149 before Leicestershire closed on 233-8, a lead of 84.

County skippered by Rob Taylor, won the toss and asked Nottinghamshire to bat under leaden skies.

Hoggard struck with the fifth ball of the day in having Notts captain Sam Kelsall (0) expertly snaffled by James Sykes at gully. His opening partner Hassan Azad (3) soon followed caught behind by Steve Bullen from the third ball of Hoggard’s second over.

Notts were now 3-2 and were soon reduced to 33-4 by the end of the 10th over. Hoggard picking up his third wicket having Chris Read (8) caught by Tom Wells in the slip cordon, Wells then picking up a wicket with the last ball of his first over, having Tom Rowe (10) caught by keeper Bullen.

Sam Wood and Adam Tillcock then added 31 for the fifth wicket, with all runs from the bat to Wood,in taking the score to 64 before Tillcock (0) became Hoggard’s 4th victim, pouched by keeper Bullen. Notts were now 64-5.

A partnership developed between Wood and Alex Mellor and Notts went into lunch on 113-5 off of 33 overs, Hoggard returning figures of 9-6-8-4.

Hoggard came on for the second over after lunch, again from the Pavilion End, and produced a blistering over in which he took a hat trick. His first victim was Mellor (32), who was bowled. Brett Hutton followed next ball caught behind by Bullen and George Bacon got a sizzler and was expertly caught by Wells at second slip.

Notts were now reduced to 140-8 and the innings soon came to an end with Luke Wood (0) being bowled by Hoggard and last man Ben Kitt (0) being trapped lbw by Taylor. Wood remained undefeated on 75 from 106 balls. A valuable innings, which was almost half of the Notts total.

Notts were dismissed for 149 in 42 overs, Hoggard returning figures of 13-7-21-8. Other County bowling figures were: Taylor 13-3-47-1, Wells 3-0-34-1, Charlie Taylor 4-0-13-0, Claude Henderson 5-1-20-0, Ollie Robinson 4-1-5-0.

Count got off to a stuttering start in being reduced to 39-3 after 7.5 overs. Lewis Hill (4) was first to go trapped lbw by Bacon. Sunny Patel (1) soon followed caught behind by Read off Hutton. Angus Robson (23) then departed after playing on to Bacon, a breezy knock from 22 balls.

The innings was then consolidated by Billy Root and Taylor. Root went for 29, lbw to Bacon with the score on 93. County went into tea on 134-4 off of 28 overs with Taylor 49 not out.

Taylor was dismissed with the first ball after an excellent Kibworth tea, caught behind by Read from Kitt's first ball of the day. Wells joined Robinson and they added a lively 51 for the sixth wicket with both batsmen finding the ropes on several occasions.

Wells (34) departed lbw to seamer Tim Miles with the score on 185. Keeper Bullen joined Robinson and they added 47 for the seventh wicket before Robinson (49, 84b) fell to Luke Wood, caught by Bacon at second slip.

Bullen (23) was dismissed soon afterwards by spinner Sam Wood, caught at short leg by Azad. The players came off for bad light with 6.3 overs remaining, James Sykes was 1* and Claude Henderson 0*.

Pete Johnson


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