Kyle Hogg bowls Lancashire to win over Hampshire

LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl
Lancashire 328 & 8-0 beat Hampshire 133 & 201 by 10 wickets
Lancashire 22 pts, Hampshire 3 pts
Match scorecard
Kyle Hogg
Kyle Hogg's first innings 7-28 beat his previous best 5-48 in 2002

Kyle Hogg claimed career-best match figures of 11-59 as leaders Lancashire took a tighter hold on the title race with a 10-wicket win over Hampshire.

Hampshire, 163-5 overnight, were bowled out for 201, paceman Hogg taking four of the morning's five wickets to fall.

After removing Nic Pothas for a second-ball duck, Hogg got rid of overnight threat Benny Howell (71) before bagging Dimitri Mascarenhas and Dominic Cork.

Gary Keedy took the last wicket before Lancashire made the seven runs needed.

Lancashire's fifth win in six games stretches them clear at the top of the Division One table approaching next week's County Championship break after the trip to Durham.

Wrapping up victory inside two and a bit days at The Rose Bowl also buys Peter Moores' men some much-valued extra recovery time ahead of Sunday's game at Chester-le-Street.

Hampshire, still without a Championship win, were already deep in trouble when day three began, still needing another 32 to make rampant Lancashire bat a second time.

But they never looked capable of making a contest of it once Pothas had gone to the fifth ball of the day, caught at first slip by Paul Horton with only a run added.

Inside 80 minutes, and just 15 overs, their innings was over as Hogg took 4-31 to earn comfortably the best match analysis of his 10-year career.

Opener Howell dragged a delivery from Hogg into his stumps, but, on his Championship debut, he still had the consolation of finishing as top scorer with his defiant 71 from 177 balls.

The rest was a procession, Hogg trapping Mascarenhas and then having Cork caught by Gary Keedy, who accounted for last man David Griffiths.

Lancashire opener Horton then knocked off the seven runs needed to win from the three balls he faced from Cork to further increase hopes of a first outright Red Rose title win since 1934.

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