LATE BLOOMER: Michael HoganANOTHER devastating spell from former Newcastle quick Michael Hogan has lifted him to the top of the first-class bowling statistics and earned glowing praise from South Australian skipper Michael Klinger.
Hogan took 4-62 from 32.4overs for Western Australia against the Redbacks at the WACA Ground yesterday to set up an emphatic home-team victory by 10 wickets.
The right-arm seamer, who rose to prominence with Newcastle district club Merewether, finished with a career-best 9-86 for the match after taking 5-24 in the Redbacks’ first innings.
He has 32 Sheffield Shield scalps for the season, joining Victoria’s Jayde Herrick as the competition’s leading wicket-taker.
But Hogan’s wickets have come at a cost of only 21.65 apiece, significantly more economical than Herrick’s 28.43.
Their nearest rival is Queenslander Ben Cutting, who has 24 wickets and was 12th man for last week’s Test match against New Zealand at the Gabba.
Klinger said the 30-year-old was bowling as well as anyone in the country.
‘‘Hogan is probably the best Shield bowler over the last 24 months,’’ Klinger said last night.
‘‘I’m not sure if his stats will show that, but the way he charges in, he’s a captain’s dream to have someone coming in and bashing the wicket like he does.’’
The late bloomer has played in 23 first-class matches, taking 86 wickets at 28.56.
With injuries sidelining Test stars Patrick Cummins, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson, he appears close to becoming the first Newcastle product to represent Australia since Paul Wilson in 1998.
The Warriors required just 15 runs in their second innings to complete the win after dismissing South Australia for 289.
They did it without losing a wicket.
The Warriors claimed six wickets in the first session, including the key scalps of Callum Ferguson and Klinger in the first hour. with AAP