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May 26, 2011
Lancashire 328 and 8 for 0 beat Hampshire 133 and 201 by 10 wickets
Kyle Hogg continued his one-man domination of the Hampshire batting as Lancashire eased to their fifth win of the season and strengthened their grip at the top of the County Championship. Medium-pacer Hogg took four more Hampshire wickets on the third morning as the red rose county completed a 10-wicket victory before lunch.
Hogg finished with a second-innings analysis of 4 for 31 and exceptional match figures of 11 for 59, comfortably the best of his 10-year career. Hampshire , who are still without a Championship win, were already deep in trouble when the third day began at 163 for 5, still needing another 32 to make rampant Lancashire bat a second time.
They only just succeeded, adding a further 38 and requiring Lancashire opener Paul Horton to knock off the seven runs needed to win from the three balls he faced from Dominic Cork.
Hampshire never looked capable of extending the match into a contest once Nic Pothas had gone to the fifth ball of the day from Hogg, caught at first slip by Horton with only a run added to the overnight total.
Opener Benny Howell, making his championship debut, went three runs later at 167, dragging a delivery from Hogg into his stumps. At least Howell had the consolation of finishing as his team's top scorer with a defiant 71 from 177 balls, hitting seven fours and a six in a losing cause.
The rest was a procession, Hogg trapping Dimitri Mascarenhas for two at 188 and then having Cork caught by Gary Keedy for 20 at 195 for 9. Keedy accounted for last man David Griffiths at 201 but it was Hogg, who found pace and movement bowling to the Pavilion End, for whom his team-mates reserved special applause as Lancashire left the pitch.
Hampshire had lost their last five wickets in 80 minutes and 15 overs with Kabir Ali marooned on eight not out. Lancashire picked up a precious 22 points for their double demolition of the Hampshire batting - taking all 20 wickets in 108 overs - while the home side, second from bottom, collected three.
Horton made short work of the target as Lancashire temporarily moved 19 points clear of nearest rivals Durham at the top of the table in pursuit of their first championship title in more than 70 years.
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