Hoggard puts Leicestershire in control

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Bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire had promotion hopefuls Hampshire on the rack at the end of the second day in their LV= County Championship Division Two game at Grace Road.

Home captain Matthew Hoggard took four wickets and Alex Wyatt and Wayne White three apiece as the hosts bowled out Hampshire for 181 to secure a first-innings lead of 175 runs.

By the close, they had increased that to 243 having reached 68 for two in their second innings.

Sean Ervine top scored for Hampshire by making an unbeaten 58, while David Balcombe hit 31 in a ninth-wicket stand of 50 - the biggest of the innings. 

Matthew Hoggard

Matthew Hoggard starred with the ball as Division Two basement club Leicestershire took control against promotion-chasing Hampshire

It took Hampshire just over five overs to wrap up Leicestershire’s innings, with James Tomlinson taking both wickets; he yorked Hoggard and had Wyatt caught behind as the home side added 22 to their overnight 334 for eight.

Shiv Thakor scored 14 of the runs to finish unbeaten on 85 off 132 balls with 10 fours, his championship-best score. Tomlinson was the pick of the Hampshire attack, claiming 5-69 in 24.3 overs.

There was still plenty of assistance for the seamers and Leicestershire’s bowlers took full advantage, giving the batsmen a torrid time. Hoggard, Wyatt and White did all the damage as Hampshire were all out in 57 overs.

It was only Ervine’s gritty effort and the ninth-wicket stand that enabled Hampshire to avoid a complete rout.

They lost their first five wickets for 99 runs in 34 overs, Wyatt and Hoggard ripping through the top order. The former produced an impressive first spell of 2-9 in four overs, dismissing Neil McKenzie lbw and removing Simon Katich for a duck, courtesy of a stunning catch at cover by Thakor.

Hoggard had Michael Carberry lbw offering no shot and bowled Jimmy Adams with a fine inswinger, before Wyatt picked up his third by trapping Liam Dawson in front.

White then took over, claiming the next three wickets in 25 balls at a cost of 14 runs; Michael Bates was bowled for a duck, Chris Wood trapped lbw without scoring and Kabir Ali castled off an inside edge.

But David Balcombe joined Ervine in a stand of 50 before Hoggard returned to snap up the last two wickets, bowling Balcombe for 31 and having Tomlinson caught behind to finish with 4-27.

Although Hampshire were 175 behind, Leicestershire did not enforce the follow-on. Openers Will Jones and Michael Thornely fell cheaply, but Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ned Eckersley took them to the close.

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