Sporting Achievement Award 2005

Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard

After 17 years England’s cricket team finally win back the Ashes so, who better to win the Sporting Achievement award than its captain and its opening bowler – Yorkshire’s own Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard?

Michael Vaughan OBE

Details fo follow shortly.

Matthew Hoggard MBE

The 6′ 2″ Hoggard is a right arm fast-medium bowler and right-handed batsman. He plays county cricket for Yorkshire and was first selected for the England cricket team in 2000, playing both Test cricket and One-day international cricket.

Matthew Hoggard is a specialist orthodox swing bowler, and usually takes the new ball for England in Test cricket. Hoggard’s primary role in the team is to utilise the shine on the new ball to test the technique of top-order batsmen against the swinging delivery. If, due to pitch or atmospheric conditions, the new ball does not swing he can be ineffective. When the ball does swing, however, ‘Hoggy’ can be devastating, as at Johannesburg in 2005 (see below).

Hoggard took the 34th hat-trick in Test cricket on 3 April 2004, helping England to bowl out the Indies for 94 in their second innings of the Third Test at Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, taking England to their first series win in the West Indies since 1967-68, and becoming the first visiting team to win three Tests in a Caribbean series.

In the 4th Test Match of the series in South Africa in January 2005 Hoggard took 12 wickets for 205. Of Englishmen, only Johnny Wardle, who took 12 for 89 in Cape Town in 1956-7, has bettered his figures in South Africa since the war. His match figures were England’s best anywhere since Ian Botham’s 13 for 106 against India in 1979-80.

Hoggard has a sound defensive batting technique, but is not known for scoring runs, averaging only 8.07 with the bat. He can block up an end for the batsman at the other end to score, and is also used as a night watchman. His most famous innings however was the 8 not out he scored with Ashley Giles against Australia in the fourth test at Trent Bridge in the 2005 Ashes series, which included a well-executed cover drive for four, as England struggled to a three-wicket win in reaching a low target of 129 to take a 2-1 series lead.

In the 2006 New Year’s Honours List Matthew Hoggard was awarded the MBE for his role in the successful Ashes tournament.

On March 6, 2006, Hoggard was officially ranked the 4th best Test match bowler in the world. This is a result of his Man Of The Match performance for England against India in the First Test match at Nagpur in March 2006.

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