Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hogg's Crowning Glory ; Keeping It Simple Helps Bowler Claim the Player of the Year Honour at Lancashire

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hogg's Crowning Glory ; Keeping It Simple Helps Bowler Claim the Player of the Year Honour at Lancashire

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KYLE Hogg has revealed a return to basics has been the secret behind the best season of his career. The Red Rose bowler was last night named Lancashire Player of the Year for the first time after claiming 60 wickets in the club's LV= County Championship Division Twowinning campaign.

It is a remarkable turnaround for the 30-year-old who, having claimed 50 wickets in the 2011 title-winning campaign for the first time in his career, took just 18 in 2012 as the club were relegated from the top flight.

But Hogg returned with a bang this season. He and new-ball partner Glen Chapple destroyed Essex by bowling them out for just 20 at Chelmsford, with Hogg taking 4-11. And he followed it in the next game by taking an extraordinary 7-27 as title rivals Northamptonshire were skittled out for just 62 at Emirates Old Trafford.

He finished the season as Lancashire's leading wickettaker in the Championship and third in Division Two, with a stunning average of 18.41.

"After the disappointment of last year, not just myself, I think we all felt like we were under pressure to perform this year,said Hogg, who signed his first professional contract for Lancashire on the same day as England Ashes hero Jimmy Anderson.

"I've gone back to doing what I do day in, day out, and I've proved to myself that it works. It's just about keeping it simple.

"Probably looking back now, because 2011 went so well, I think in 2012 I may have thought that if you turn up and bowl you'll get the same rewards. It probably went the opposite. I always look at people like Glenn McGrath, Shaun Pollock and Vernon Philander, the best bowlers in the world.

They don't do things that nobody else can do, it's just that they hit off-stump more often than the rest of the bowlers. That's why they get people out more often."

Hogg, who was last night also named the club's Championship Player of the Year, now believes Lancashire can win a second County Championship title in four years next season and that the future is bright for the Red Rose, who celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2014. …

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