Michael Hogan back in the swing for Glamorgan

By Nick WebbBBC Sport Wales
Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan's figures of 4-53 against Kent were his best so far this season

Glamorgan fast bowler Michael Hogan admits he defied medical advice to take four wickets on the opening day of the Championship match against Kent.

The home side reached 330-8 largely thanks to 123 from opener Daniel Bell-Drummond.

But they were pegged back by Hogan, who is playing his second match after returning from a hamstring injury.

"I probably bowled a bit more than I should have... and I'd spoken to the doctor about restrictions," Hogan said.

"I suppose when you're out there you just want to do well for the team and it's good to get some work in."

Hogan finished the day with 4-53 off 24.1 overs including, the vital wicket of Bell-Drummond.

He was satisfied with the way his team had come back into the game after seeing Kent reach 125-1 by lunch.

"If we'd had a good first session we'd probably have been happy with the day - we let ourselves down a bit there but the game's still on," he said.

"If we can finish them off quickly (on the second morning) we'll be happy with it. The way we have been batting, if we apply ourselves there's no reason why we can't put a good total on the board."

Hogan claimed three wickets in his comeback game against Derbyshire but now feels he has stepped up his performance, even if it meant a chilly end to his day's work.

"Last week I got some wickets but I didn't feel I bowled too well, but today I was in and around my best stuff," he added.

"I had a good 10 minutes in the ice bath, it lets you know you've put in a good day. If you get in straight off the field it's very refreshing, though some guys don't like them."

Glamorgan now have a further 14.5 overs to claim the ninth Kent wicket for the maximum three bowling points, while the home side need 70 runs for the maximum five with the bat.

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