Leics stumble after Hoggard heroics
Matthew Hoggard claimed the third hat-trick of his career but then saw his Leicestershire side throw away their advantage with some poor batting on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division Two game against Glamorgan at Grace Road.
Glamorgan were bundled out for 146 to give Leicestershire a useful first-innings lead of 92, but the home side failed to capitalise as they struggled through to 78 for five by the close to leave the match evenly balanced on a pitch offering encouragement for both seamers and spinners.
Glamorgan's innings was a one-man show with their new captain and opener Alviro Petersen scoring 91 before he was last man out.
The South African struck seven fours and two sixes in his 165-ball innings to show that the pitch was not quite the minefield many of the other batsmen had made it look on a day when 16 wickets fell and 231 runs were scored.
Ben Wright and Robert Croft were Glamorgan's next highest scorers with 11 each after Hoggard had wrecked their top order with an inspired spell.
The former England seamer had Gareth Rees caught behind off the fifth ball of his sixth over, trapped Will Bragg lbw with the next delivery and then saw Will Jefferson take a superb catch at slip to remove Michael Powell from the first delivery of his next over.
It was the first hat-trick by a Leicestershire bowler since Javagal Srinath performed the feat against Surrey at the Oval in 2002 and the first at Grace Road since Winston Benjamin against Australia in 1989. The last championship hat-trick at Grace Road was by George Ferris in 1983.
Wickets continued to tumble on a regular basis as left-arm spinner Claude Henderson followed up his unbeaten 80 in Leicestershire's total of 238 with a three-wicket haul.
He removed Croft, Graham Wagg and Dean Cosker to finish with 3-32, with only Petersen offering any resistance as the visitors collapsed.
He batted superbly until finally pulling England Lions seamer Nathan Buck, who received his county cap today, to Henderson.
Leicestershire were soon in trouble themselves, losing their first three batsmen in reaching 36 in 17 overs.
Matthew Boyce was bowled offering no shot to Wagg, who also had Jacques Du Toit caught at second slip.
Adam Shantry took James Taylor's wicket before Cosker struck twice, dismissing both Greg Smith and Tom New without scoring to leave Leicestershire reeling on 43 for five.
It took a solid unbeaten 48 from Jefferson to see them through to the close with a lead of 170.