Hoggard Awarded Benefit Year For 2008

Matthew Hoggard has been awarded a Benefit in 2008 by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Matthew made his Yorkshire debut in 1996 and was awarded his County Cap in 2000, the same year he made his Test debut for England. He has taken 545 first class wickets at an average of 27.25 and represented England in 64 Test matches. 240 Test wickets make him the sixth most successful English bowler in Test history. Matthew will make contributions to the Chance to Shine appeal, which raises money to take cricket back into state schools, an initiative that Matthew has been heavily involved with: "Chance to shine is really important because schools have a vital role in teaching the game to children and in supporting clubs. Without cricket in schools, too many youngsters will miss their chance and be lost to the game." A number of other local charities will also benefit, including the Yorkshire Pride Appeal. Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, was full of praise for the Yorkshire and England pace-man, "Matthew has shown tremendous loyalty and service to both England and The Yorkshire County Cricket Club over the past decade and we all wish him a very successful benefit season in 2008. He has played in an era where central contracts have restricted England players to fewer county opportunities, but Hoggy has always been eager to represent the county of his birth and there is no prouder Yorkshire man." Matthew Hoggard said, "Playing for Yorkshire throughout my career has been a tremendous honour. I have been extremely lucky to play alongside some tremendous players at county and international level. Nothing beats wearing the White Rose of Yorkshire and it is a real honour to have been granted a benefit by the Club. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last decade and I hopefully can play a big part in Yorkshire’s future success." Colin Graves, Club Chairman, added. "Matthew has given everything to the Club and fully deserves to be awarded a benefit year. He is popular, a great player and a model professional and everyone at the Club is extremely proud of both him and his achievements in the game." © Yorkshire CCC
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