Aussie Hogan spoils Ben Stokes' county fun

Michael Hogan, Glamorgan's 40-years-young Australian, dismissed rampant Ben Stokes in the county championship while compatriot Matt Renshaw shone for Somerset.

BEN STOKES of England.
BEN STOKES of England. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Glamorgan's 40-year-old Australian paceman Michael Hogan has spoilt the fun of a Durham crowd ready to celebrate another Ben Stokes special.

The new England captain was going strong on 82 off 110 balls on the opening day at the Riverside on Thursday, with the home fans eagerly waiting to see him hit top gear.

In his previous County Championship match against Worcestershire, Stokes started quietly too before smashing a record 17 sixes in an incredible century.

But Hogan, the stalwart Newcastle quick who's in his final season as a Glamorgan favourite, turned party pooper by producing a beauty with the new ball, which rose steeply and had Stokes fending to the wicketkeeper.

Hogan, who'll turn 41 at the end of the month in his final season with the Welsh county, then cleaned up the tail to finish with 4-67, even outshining Australian international Michael Neser, who claimed 2-36 off his 16 overs.

Responding to Durham's 311 all out, Marnus Labuschagne, who earlier had Stokes in a bit of trouble with the ball before getting whacked for two sixes by the England skipper, survived an awkward session to finish unbeaten on 16 with Glamorgan at 2-31.

Hogan, a late starter in the game who rejected Justin Langer's bid to keep him playing at Western Australia when he was coach there, is in his testimonial year with Glamorgan where he's considered "a legend" by local officials for his wicket-taking.

Elsewhere in the championship, former Aussie Test opener Matt Renshaw, now in his second spell with Somerset, looked set for his second century in successive innings, only to fall short on 94.

The left-hander, who scored 129 against Warwickshire at Taunton two weeks ago, shared an opening stand of 172 with Tom Lammonby in the 'derby' with Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Playing fluently on a benign pitch, it was a surprise when Zak Chappell bowled Renshaw with a corking delivery that squeezed between bat and pad.

He faced 141 balls and struck 16 boundaries after three hours at the crease.

England batters Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings also starred in the latest round of games.

Jennings became only the second Lancashire player to post three Roses hundreds in as many innings against Yorkshire as he made a 280-ball 150 not out in their 3-288 at Headingley.

At Lord's, Hameed, another Englishman who suffered in the Ashes, struck his first century of the season, scoring 112 to put Nottinghamshire in charge against Middlesex.

With PA