Hoggy impresses on return
Jacques Rudolph praised the contribution of Matthew Hoggard to Yorkshire's win over Gloucestershire.
Last Updated: 04/06/08 9:48pm
Jacques Rudolph praised the contribution of team-mate Matthew Hoggard to Yorkshire's six-wicket triumph over Gloucestershire in the FP Trophy quarter-final.
Hoggard returned after two-and-a-half weeks out with a broken thumb to claim figures of 3-26 as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 201 after being asked to bat at Bristol.
And Yorkshire reached their target with 5.5 overs to spare, aided by half-centuries from Craig White and Rudolph.
"It was a great team effort," said Rudolph. "Personally when we won the toss, I thought we were going to bat but the captain (Darren Gough) opted to bowl first and it worked out perfectly.
"Our guys bowled really well. We might have lost it for about 10 to 15 overs when Chris Taylor (54) and Steve Adshead (71) were going well but we pulled it back really well.
"As for Hoggy, that is probably the best I've seen him bowl for some time. To take three for 26 is a great effort and I'm really pleased for him.
"He is a world-class bowler, whether it is a red or a white ball, he will always do well for you.
"He is someone who plays with a lot of passion and a lot of pride and he showed again just what a talent he is for the team."
Rudolph also praised the contribution opening batsman White, whose painstaking 55 turned the run chase into a formality.
"Craig has done really well for us in the one-day competitions," added the South African. "We have had starts in just about every game.
"That makes the job that much easier for the middle order and we were glad to get over the line.
"In their innings, we dropped three catches but for that we would have probably bowled them out for 120 - but it was still a great overall effort."