12:03pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013
MICHAEL Hogan had a first season to remember but Glamorgan's player of the year is targeting team success to go with personal achievements in 2014.
The Australian seamer took the top honour at the county's awards night after his first season at the Swalec Stadium yielded 103 wickets, becoming the first Glammy bowler to pass a century since Michael Kasprowicz in 2003.
The 32-year-old took 67 scalps in the county championship to finish as the third leading wicket-taker in the country behind Worcestershire's Alan Richardson and Durhams's Graham Onions.
Hogan, who is in the running for the Natwest Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year award, was also a key figure in helping Glamorgan reach the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40.
The Aussie has signed a deal to stay in Cardiff until the end of 2016 and hopes that coming campaigns will see him challenging for silverware as well as personal awards.
"It is nice to be recognised and I have thoroughly enjoyed the season," he said.
"It is great to receive the Glamorgan awards while the PCA shortlist is voted for by your fellow players and I am very humbled to be part of that group (up against Moeen Ali, Samit Patel and Onions).
"I certainly did not expect that in my first season. I still don't think I adapted as quickly as most people think.
"A lot of the success was probably down to the opposition not knowing what I did as a bowler. It took a longer than I thought to adjust and hopefully this will be the start for the next three seasons.
"I want to help the county get promotion. We have achieved a lot in the one-day game this summer and proved a lot of people wrong, but we know we have a lot to prove in four-day cricket.
"With a side with so much talent we should have achieved more. We had certain chances which we missed which turned our championship season.
"We know we have the talent to at least finish in the top half of the division and I hope we can at least achieve that next season."
Hogan pipped all-rounder Jim Allenby and middle-order batsman Murray Goodwin to the main honour but both picked up awards for their efforts, the former for his one-day efforts and the latter for his performances in the county championship.
Dressing room attendant and former Newport Academy coach Roger Skyrme was named as clubman of the year.
Full list of winners: player of the year – Michael Hogan, one-day player of the year – Jim Allenby, championship player of the year – Murray Goodwin, young player of the year – Andrew Salter, clubman of the year – Roger Skyrme, academy player of the year – Jack Murphy, most-improved academy player – Kieran Bull, Cricket Wales player of the year – Jayden Goodwin.
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