Woeful Hampshire facing a crushing defeat

Benny Howell in action. Picture: Neil Marshall
Benny Howell in action. Picture: Neil Marshall
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire fall to Essex loss

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HAMPSHIRE had no answer to the bowling of Kyle Hogg as they tumbled towards defeat in their clash with County Championship division one leaders Lancashire.

There was little for home fans to cheer at the Rose Bowl as Hogg ripped through the Hampshire batting order, taking seven for 28 from 14 overs, as the hosts were bowled out for 133.

And, after following on, Hampshire lost a further five wickets, 15 in total in the day.

Only Benny Howell’s knock of 68 not out and his partnership with fellow young gun James Vince stalled Lancashire.

Earlier, Hogg became the first bowler to take seven wickets in an innings this season as Lancashire eased towards their fifth win in six matches.

On an uncharacteristically lively Rose Bowl wicket, Hogg, who had only previously taken five or more wickets in an innings only once in a 10-year career, encountered little resistance as Hampshire lost their last seven batsmen for 35.

Opener Jimmy Adams (35) and Johann Myburgh (28) were the top scorers.

After the follow-on was enforced, Neil McKenzie (35) struck eight fours, before French-born Howell and Vince (39), delayed Lancashire in a fourth-wicket stand worth 82 runs.

But, with Vince out, Hampshire were reduced to 163 for five at stumps and trailing by 32 runs.