Skip­per Ho­gan ‘dis­ap­pointed’ at sim­ple run chase

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GLAM­OR­GAN skip­per Michael Ho­gan was left dis­ap­pointed as Northamp­ton­shire easily chased down a tar­get of 218 to win their Di­vi­sion Two County Cham­pi­onship in Cardiff yes­ter­day.

Si­mon Ker­ri­gan, who is on loan from Lan­cashire, os­ten­si­bly for his left-arm spin, shone as a bats­man as Northants reached their tar­get with seven wick­ets in hand.

After com­ing in as night­watch­man after Ben Duck­ett was dis­missed the pre­vi­ous evening, Ker­ri­gan never looked in any trou­ble against a Glam­or­gan at­tack, who were guilty of bowl­ing too many poor de­liv­er­ies in the morn­ing ses­sion giv­ing the bats­men op­por­tu­ni­ties to score freely and set up the run chase.

Re­sum­ing on 42 for one, the sec­ond-wicket pair were soon scor­ing at four runs an over, and apart from Ho­gan, they scored freely and quickly shared a 50-run part­ner­ship.

New­ton reached 50 from 99 balls with nine fours – his sec­ond half-cen­tury of the game – but was out shortly af­ter­wards when he was bowled by Craig Meschede.

This was New­ton’s 10th score over 50 in the cham­pi­onship this sea­son, the most by any player in the two di­vi­sions.

Ker­ri­gan’s com­mend­able con­tri­bu­tion ended when he was bowled, shoul­der­ing arms against Ho­gan, for 62, equalling his pre­vi­ous ca­reer-best score made for Lan­cashire against Hamp­shire at South­port in 2013.

Fol­low­ing Ker­ri­gan’s dis­missal, Richard Levi joined Alex Wake­ley, the cap­tain hav­ing re­cov­ered from his in­jured fin­ger, and Levi, the first in­nings cen­tu­rion, made his in­ten­tions clear by hit­ting two sixes as Northants ac­cel­er­ated to­wards their tar­get.

Rain then de­scended and it was a frus­trat­ing wait for the vis­i­tors, but when play restarted they needed only a fur­ther nine balls to reach their tar­get.

It was an out­come which left Ho­gan frus­trated. He said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed by the way the game has gone.

“I felt we didn’t have the pen­e­tra­tion to take the wick­ets early this morn­ing,

“The wicket did play a few tricks and we saw a few bats jammed down late. We prob­a­bly needed them to can­non onto the pads or the stumps. It didn’t quite go for us,” he added.

“We were al­ways chas­ing the game and did not bat well enough in our first in­nings or bowl well enough in theirs.

“That said, we got our­selves in a good po­si­tion at the end of the third day.

“We needed things to go our way today, but they played the sit­u­a­tion per­fectly.”

Glam­or­gan still have two games left in the County Cham­pi­onship and en­ter­tain Glouces­ter­shire in a four­day match at the SSE SWALEC in Cardiff, start­ing on Tues­day.

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