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Glamorgan hold on to hulking Hogan

Australian seamer Michael Hogan, the LV= County Championship’s leading wicket-taker and the joint leader in the Yorkshire Bank 40, has extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2016 campaign.

The 32-year-old has 61 championship scalps this year and 22 in the YB40, the same as Somerset’s Craig Meschede. Hogan has 91 wickets in all competitive cricket this summer and is on course to be the first Glamorgan bowler for a decade to take 100 scalps.

Hogan, whose 7-92 versus Gloucestershire at Bristol was his best first-class figures, initially was due to join Glamorgan for the second half of last season but his arrival was delayed until this term.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s YB40 semi-final with Hampshire Royals, he said: "I'm really pleased to extend my contract with Glamorgan; my family and I have really enjoyed living in Wales and I have been able to put some performances on the board.

"I hope to improve my game again next year because the first season is always a learning curve in a new environment.

“I'm looking forward to tomorrow's match and spending the next few years here at Glamorgan."

Glamorgan chief executive and managing director Hugh Morris added: "Michael's contribution with the ball this season has been outstanding and his figures clearly show what a good player he is.

"We're determined to develop our young Welsh cricketers, but equally important is the need to retain the best players we already have.

"The new contracts for Jim Allenby and Michael Hogan are testament to this and highlight how the club is moving forward."

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