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As any pace bowler will tell you, pounding into the crease ball after ball and over after over takes its toll on the body. During the final strides of his run-up, as a bowler goes through his action, the ankles and knees take an extraordinary amount of punishment, so it is far from unusual for a fast bowler to fall foul of chronic injuries to the joints of the leg.

Matthew Hoggard walked away victorious from Celebrity Chase with a cheque for £21,000 that will be donated to his chosen charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Hoggy’s approach to golf is a bit like Chuck Norris’s approach to bad guys; Direct, aggressive and no nonsense. The Nailcote hall Par 3 course demands a light touch and pin point precision with its deep bunkers and elevated greens.

Hoggy was a guest pundit on ITV4’s coverage of the IPL yesterday which featured the Chennai Super Kings beating Rajasthan Royals by five wickets and the Royal Challengers Bangalore defeating the Delhi Daredevils by 16 runs.

Hoggy will be chief guest at the Foster’s Halifax League’s centenary dinner at The Shay Stadium in Halifax on Friday, May 9 (7.30pm). The league’s centenary book is due to be launched at the dinner.

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