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Hoggy's finale

Leicestershire members and supporters have one last chance to see Matthew Hoggard in action as the team takes on Hampshire in the final match of 2013.

The LV=CC fixture, which begins tomorrow at 10.30am, will be Hoggard’s last appearance in professional cricket after the bowler announced his retirement last week.

Hoggard is the joint-seventh leading wicket-taker in England’s history, Graeme Swann recently joining him on 248 wickets. The swing bowler has picked up 118 first-class wickets for Leicestershire, and has 786 first-class wickets in total.

When you combine Hoggard’s first-class, List A and t20 records, his career wicket tally goes into four figures, which is a fantastic achievement.

Leicestershire again name a 13-man squad for the visit of Hants after a positive draw at league leaders Lancashire, with Hoggard and Shiv Thakor returning from injury in place of Ollie Freckingham and Rob Taylor.

Ned Eckersley will be looking to add to his excellent 1,298 first-class run tally for the summer, while Niall O’Brien, Matthew Boyce and Thakor are closing in on 700 runs and Greg Smith is nine away from the 500 mark.

Freckingham is Leicestershire's leading wicket-taker with 36, while Wyatt needs one more to reach 25 and Hoggard has picked up 16 at an average of 29.56. Naik claimed 26 at 35.92 in non-friendly spin conditions before his season was ended by injury.

Hampshire have named a 12-man squad for the match, with Ruel Brathwaite, Sean Ervine and Danny Briggs all in contention for recalls.

Michael Roberts and David Balcombe miss out after playing against Worcestershire last week, while the visitors will also be without experienced duo Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie.

Leics (from): Smith, Robson, Eckersley, Boyce, Thakor, Thornely, O'Brien, Wells, Raine, Sykes, Buck, Hoggard, Wyatt.

Hants (from): Adams, Terry, Dawson, Vince, Wheater, Ervine, Bates, Wood, Coles, Briggs, Tomlinson, Brathwaite.

* It is a busy week at Grace Road as Claude Henderson, who is also retiring from playing, is the first guest of the Leicestershire Cricket Society on Thursday evening.

The evening starts at 7.30pm and will be held in the Charles Palmer Suite. For full details of the 2013-14 programme, and information on how to become a member, please visit:

County also host their Awards Night on Friday, former Leicestershire player and current BBC radio presenter Charles Dagnall is host for the evening.


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