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May 25, 2011
Hampshire 133 and 163 for 5 (f/o) v Lancashire 328
Kyle Hogg became the first bowler to take seven wickets in an innings this season as runaway County Championship Division One leaders Lancashire moved a step nearer their fifth win in six matches. Hogg finished with figures of 7 for 28 from 14 overs as struggling Hampshire were made to follow after ending their first innings on 133 in reply to Lancashire's 328.
Hampshire's second stint at the crease was little better - save for Benny Howell's unbeaten half-century - as they lost half their order inside 52 overs to reach 163 for 5 at stumps, still 32 runs behind heading into day three. On an uncharacteristically lively Rose Bowl wicket, Hogg, who had only previously taken five or more wickets in an innings once in a 10-year career, encountered little resistance as Hampshire lost their last seven batsmen for 35.
After Howell had fallen for a three-ball duck to Hogg, fellow opener Jimmy Adams (35) and Johann Myburgh (28) steadied the ship. Their removal - both falling to Oliver Newby - left the hosts on 98 for 3 but with little sign of the implosion to come. Hogg suddenly found pace and movement at the Pavilion end and in quick order removed Neil McKenzie (16), James Vince (12), Dimitri Mascarenhas (1), Dominic Cork (0), Nic Pothas (9) and Danny Briggs (2).
The medium-pacer's remarkable spell brought him six wickets for six runs in just 28 balls, while Sajid Mahmood finished off Hampshire by dismissing Kabir Ali for nine. Lancashire captain Mark Chilton, sensing victory inside two days, had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on.
This time Adams was quickly out, caught down the legside by wicketkeeper Gareth Cross on 14, while Myburgh was snared at first slip off Newby for 31. McKenzie struck eight fours in an enterprising 35 before being trapped lbw trying to turn Mahmood through midwicket.
This left Hampshire 116 runs adrift but the crisis brought together French-born Howell and the maturing Vince, and together they delayed Lancashire in a fourth-wicket stand worth 82 runs. But just before the close Mahmood returned to the attack to have Vince caught at the wicket for 39 and then to remove nightwatchman Briggs (1) in the final over. Howell was still there at stumps, on 68 not out from 157 balls.
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