Hoggard set to bowl over dinner guests

Hoggard set to bowl over dinner guests

4 Sep 2019

Former Yorkshire and England fast bowler Matthew Hoggard will be the guest speaker at this year’s All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League annual dinner.

The 46-year-old will be returning to his cricketing roots at the luxurious new Emerald Suit at Headingley on Friday, November 15.

Hoggard launched his distinguish career with Pudsey Congs and played for them as a 17-year-old when they won the Priestley Cup for the first time by beating Yeadon by eight wickets in 1994.

He also had spells with Baildon and Bradford & Bingley during his 13-year spell with Yorkshire which saw him to develop into an outstanding swing bowler

Matthew Hoggard bowling  for Baildon at Pudsey St Lawrence in 2008 Picture: Mike Baker

Hoggard made his England Test debut against the West Indies in 2000 and secured a hat-trick against the same opponents at Kingston, Jamaica in 2004.

His prowess with the new-ball made him a key figure in England’s dramatic 2005 Ashes series win over Australia and along with his team-mates made an MBE in the New Year Honours List of 2006.

Hoggard took 248 wickets in 57 Test and also featured in 26 One Day International for his country.

After leaving Yorkshire in 2009, he joined Leicestershire and was appointed captain.

Since calling time on his career in 2013 he has developed a career as a pundit and motivational speaker.

League secretary Chris Leathley, who is in charge of arrangements for the dinner, said: “We are delighted to have a speaker with such strong Bradford Premier League and Yorkshire links for our first dinner in the Emerald Suite.”