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banner Thursday, 28 December, 2000, 15:54 GMT
Hogging the limelight
Hogg, left, and Anderson with head coach Bob Simpson
Hogg (left): Joining Lancashire is a dream come true
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson talks to an exciting cricket prospect

The name Kyle Hogg may not mean much to anyone at the moment.

The all-rounder has just signed a two-year contract with Lancashire and is about to spend the winter with the England under-19 squad touring India.

Although good achievements, these are not anything out of the ordinary - until you look at his cricketing pedigree.

Kyle's father is Willie Hogg, the former Lancashire and Warwickshire pace bowler.


I have always been around cricket so it was natural to me to progress down the same line
  Kyle Hogg
And his grandfather is no other than the former West Indian spinner Sonny Ramadhin.

Ramadhin, voted Wisden cricketer of the year in 1951, demolished England during the summer of 1950.

He claimed 32 wickets in just four Tests to send England spinning to defeat.

Kyle, 17, is proud of his heritage and says cricket was a natural choice of career.

"I have always been around cricket so it was natural to me to progress down the same line. I was never pushed by my dad or grandad, I just enjoyed cricket."

Amazing

Sonny Ramadhin, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, played his county cricket for Lancashire and was the professional player at a number of local teams during an illustrious career.

He met Kyle's grandmother June while on tour with the West Indies in England and after marrying made England his home.

He is now 71 and lives in Waterhead, near Oldham.

Kyle says: "My grandad is quite shy and doesn't really say a lot but he has spoken about some of his achievements which are amazing.

"He was a brilliant bowler and I hope to emulate his success."


I'm really looking forward to it. It will be weird to be away from home but I'm hoping my cricket will keep me away from home a lot in the future
  Kyle Hogg
Kyle takes after his dad on the bowling front and says: "My grandad's only about 5ft 3in. I'm more like my dad at 6ft 4in!"

They have never coached their precocious talent although they have had words of advice now and again.

Kyle, who has been playing his local cricket for Greenfield, near Oldham, has been a part of Lancashire's youth system since the under-11s.

He says it is a dream come true to sign for Lancashire.

"I have always wanted to play for Lancashire and I'm really pleased at being given a two-year contract. There are such fantastic players at the club, the likes of Atherton, Crawley and Flintoff. They are inspirational."

Kyle is handy with both ball and bat and has already knocked up a couple of centuries, and took three Sri Lanka wickets for just 30 runs when Lancashire under-18s played the senior side.

He has just flown to India with England under-19s as they embark on a six-week winter tour - the first time he has been away from home.

"I'm really looking forward to it. It will be weird to be away from home but I'm hoping my cricket will keep me away from home a lot more in the future."

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