Brilliant Rogers earns stunning win
A review of the action LV= County Championship where Chris Rogers led Middlesex to a record-breaking win.
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Australia opener Chris Rogers hit an unbeaten double century to inspire Middlesex to their highest fourth-innings total at Lord's and force a remarkable seven-wicket win over Yorkshire in LV= County Championship Division One.
The hosts looked down and out when they were set a target of 472 to win by the Tykes on day three but Rogers almost doubled his overnight 122 to finish 241 not out in a 290-ball stay.
The 36-year-old's knock is the third-highest fourth-innings score ever recorded by a batsman in the championship, while Middlesex's mark of 472 for three goes down as the third-highest chase.
Neil Dexter proved Rogers' main ally, making 72no in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 145.
At Wantage Road, James Anderson completed a 10-wicket match as Lancashire sealed a 60-run win over Northamptonshire in their first match without Peter Moores at the helm.
Moores has already started work as England head coach and will be thankful to have Anderson at his service in that role, as the seamer claimed the first two wickets on the final morning tee up victory and finish with combined figures 10 for 89.
Northamptonshire resumed on the fourth morning 145 for five with 95 still to get but instead mustered only 34 as the visitors finished the job in just 17.2 overs.
Somerset needed just 75 minutes on day four against leaders Sussex to record a first win of the season by an innings and 11 runs.
Starting the day 68 runs short of making their visitors bat again, Sussex saw their hopes of taking the game into any sort of a contest ended when Ed Joyce chopped on for 93.
After he fell just short of a third century of the season, Somerset quickly wrapped up the tail and Sussex's innings for 219.
In Division Two, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal took four for 40 at New Road as Worcestershire cantered to victory by an innings and 64 runs over Derbyshire.
The Pears declared 213 ahead on their overnight score of 432 for nine, leaving Gareth Andrew stranded on 71, and dismissed their opponents for 149 in 57 overs.
Captain Wayne Madsen offered the only real substantial defence, making 56 in 139 balls before becoming the last of Ajmal's victims.
Wes Durston's 21 was the next highest score, while Jack Shantry and Charles Morris supported Ajmal with two wickets apiece.
After day three's washout there was an unsurprising draw between Hampshire and Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.
The hosts ensured maximum batting points before declaring immediately on 400 for six, James Vince having finally fallen to Tom Curran for 159.
The Brown Caps then responded with 99 for two before stumps, Rory Burns with 53no.
Centurions Will Tavare and Alex Gidman helped Gloucestershire redeem themselves in another draw against Essex at Bristol.
Having been bundled out for 134 and then seeing Essex declare first thing on 305 for eight, Gloucestershire faced the prospect of a nervy last day, not least when both openers fell with just 18 scored.
But their third-wicket pair put on an unbeaten stand of 233, Tavare with an even 100no and Gidman making 119no.
Leicestershire pushed unsuccessfully for victory over Glamorgan at Grace Road, with the Welsh side reaching stumps with three wickets in hand on 250 for seven.
The Foxes had earlier declared on 179 for eight, adding 102 runs for seven wickets, which were split between Graham Wagg and Dean Cosker.
That gave them a lead of 320 to play with but Jacques Rudolph, Murray Goodwin and Stewart Walters all made half-centuries to slow their progress sufficiently.