Hogg pigs out on Hampshire
Kyle Hogg continued his one-man domination of the Hampshire batting as Lancashire eased to a fifth win from their six games this season and strengthened their grip at the top of LV= County Championship Division One.
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 4-31 and exceptional match figures of 11-59 from 31 overs, comfortably the best of his 10-year career.
Hampshire, who are still without a championship win this year, were already deep in trouble when the day began at 163 for five, still needing another 32 to make rampant Lancashire bat a second time.
They only just succeeded in that, adding a further 38, leaving 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 making 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, 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 and then having Cork caught by Gary Keedy for 20.
Keedy bowled last man David Griffiths at 201 but it was Hogg, who found pace and movement, 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.
Horton made short work of the target as Lancashire moved 27 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand in pursuit of their first championship title in more than 70 years.