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Hants win as Hoggard bows out
3:16pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Hampshire ensured Matthew Hoggard's illustrious career ended in defeat this afternoon.
Leicestershire crashed to a 180-run defeat against Hampshire at Grace Road as the curtain came down on their miserable County Championship Division Two campaign - and former England star Hoggard's career.
Set 365 for victory, Leicestershire were bowled out for 184 which means they have gone through a season without winning a Championship match for the first time in their history.
With two days lost to rain, Hampshire declared on their overnight score of 364 for two and each side then forfeited an innings, offering Leicestershire the chance to sign off in style.
But their hopes were shattered inside the first 10 overs when they lost five wickets for 36 runs.
The only bright spot of the innings was a maiden half century from Tom Wells, son of former Leicester Tigers and England rugby star, John Wells.
The 20-year-old blasted a brilliant 82 off 77 balls hitting 17 fours, before being bowled by Matt Coles who finished with five for 75.
Wells and Niall O'Brien, who made 25, shared a sixth-wicket stand of 69 after Coles and James Tomlinson had ripped through the top order.
Coles dismissed Angus Robson (one), Ned Eckersley (four) and Ben Raine (four), while Tomlinson picked up the wickets of Greg Smith (nine) and Michael Thornely (none).
All this came in the first 45 minutes and, at that stage, it looked as though the game could be over by lunch. But Wells and O'Brien prevented that ignominy although the latter was caught at cover off Ruel Brathwaite just before the interval.
Wells then reached his 50 with a boundary off Coles' first ball of the afternoon session and continued to produce some lusty hitting.
He took 16 off one over from Tomlinson with four crunching boundaries and looked on course for a century, until Coles finally beat him and knocked back his off stump.
James Sykes made a brisk 24 and last man in, Hoggard, was applauded all the way to the middle in his farewell appearance. He finished with three not out with Tomlinson claiming the final wicket when he had Alex Wyatt caught at mid-wicket, giving him figures of four for 60.
Hampshire took 20 points from the match and Leicestershire none, as they finished bottom of the table for the second time in three seasons.
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