Ex-England ace Hoggard is a hit in Horncastle

Bowled over: Former England star Matthew Hoggard on his visit to the OnLincolnshire Technology Hub at Mortons in Horncastle
Bowled over: Former England star Matthew Hoggard on his visit to the OnLincolnshire Technology Hub at Mortons in Horncastle

England cricket hero Matthew Hoggard was bowled over when he paid a visit to Mortons Media Group in Horncastle last week.

The former Yorkshire and Leicestershire fast bowler took the opportunity to inspect the range of cutting edge equipment housed in the OnLincolnshire technology hub.

Hoggard, a key member of England’s famous Ashes winning side of 2005, had been introduced to the scheme at a recent charity match between the Professional Cricketers Association and the Royal Air Force.

Hoggard recently retired from the first-class game, although he still makes regular appearances for charity matches.

His post-cricket career has seen him become business development manager for foreign currency exchange company OSTC.

He revealed he wanted to learn about what the OnLincolnshire hub has to offer as part of his new role.

He said: “The hardware that is being developed comes from across the world and that can mean expensive charges on transactions between currencies when it is purchased.

“OSTC provides a monetary service that aims to dramatically reduce those costs for businesses that simply can’t afford them - exactly the kinds of businesses that are providing and using this new and exciting technology.”

The hub, which is located in at Mortons Media Group’s offices in Boston Road, Horncastle, is part of a Lincolnshire County Council project which aims to work with partner organisations to bring digital technologies to people, services, businesses and communities across the county.

Available for use are a 3D printer, laser etcher, UV printer, milling machine and knitting machine along with an Oculus Rift which provides a ground breaking virtual reality experience.

After viewing the facility, Hoggard admitted he was impressed by the range of equipment on offer.

*Born in Pudsey, near Leeds, Hoggsrd made 67 Test appearances for England and took 238 wickets at an average of 30.50. He also appeared in 26 one-day internationals, taking 32 wickets.