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Taylor record overshadowed by Hants collapse
9:28pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
BRAD Taylor became the youngest Hampshire player to take four wickets in a first-class match – but could not stop Lancashire continuing to dominate their latest LV County Championship match at Southport.
Taylor took 4-64, claiming the scalps of Lancashire’s top four before being denied a five-for when the home side declared on 284-5 – setting Hampshire a notional victory target of 496. But the Hampshire academy off-spinner was already assured of yet another record.
Sadly, his achievement was the only positive for Hampshire, whose limited-overs success continues to be offset by their worst Championship campaign for a decade.
A century by Paul Horton and a dynamic bowling display by Lancashire's attack helped Glen Chapple's men completely dominate the third day, which ended with Hampshire 137-7, still 359 short of the target set by their hosts. (Hampshire have never chased down more than 446 to win a match).
At least Taylor can look back with pride. He claimed the solitary wicket of Luis Reece before lunch and added Paul Horton’s scalp, in between those of Ashwell Prince and Andrea Agathangelou, during four memorable overs.
Horton and Agathangelou were caught by Chris Wood on the mid-wicket boundary after Prince had handed Taylor a return catch, top-edging an attempted pull.
But Chapple declared when Liam Dawson bowled Luke Proctor and another woeful Hampshire batting performance overshadowed Taylor’s exploits.
Chapple was forced to limp from the field with an Achilles injury shortly after Jimmy Adams was caught at second slip, but Lancashire are not a one-man attack.
Liam Dawson was lbw to Tom Smith's second ball and Kyle Hogg became the Championship’s leading wicket-taker when James Vince became his 56th victim, losing his off stump following a loose drive.
Simon Kerrigan had Sean Ervine caught on the leg-side boundary and then had Neil McKenzie (44) pouched at mid-on following a leading edge.
Chris Wood's farcical run out, after Lancashire had claimed the extra half-hour, summed up Hampshire’s day.
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