Rogers double-ton rocks Yorkshire
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A magnificent, unbeaten Chris Rogers double-hundred inspired Middlesex to their highest fourth-innings total at Lord's and an astonishing 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 yesterday, but Rogers' outstanding 290-ball 241 not out led his side to a remarkable victory.
The Australian opener's knock is the third-highest fourth-innings score recorded in the championship while Middlesex's achievement goes down as the third-highest chase.
Rogers was undoubtedly the catalyst for the hosts' victory but he was ably supported yesterday by 77 from Sam Robson.
Middlesex began the final day on 230 for one, needing 242 more for victory but Yorkshire remained firm favourites to win the contest.
Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan make their way to the crease as Middlesex resume on 230-1 with 472 required for victory pic.twitter.com/E1bcgniiIf — Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) April 30, 2014
The visitors made an early breakthrough too when Dawid Malan was able to add only two runs to his overnight score of 33 before being trapped lbw by Ryan Sidebottom.
Eoin Morgan headed to the crease at 257 for two and was fortunate to escape an early dismissal as he ran a risky single and saw stand-in Yorkshire skipper Joe Root narrowly miss with his throw at the stumps.
Rogers continued to stifle the White Rose bowlers, albeit with a more patient approach than the previous day and passed his 150 with 66 overs bowled.
The visitors brought on spinners Adil Rashid and Kane Williamson to break the mould and the latter succeeded as Morgan fell for 27.
Our coach @YCCCDizzy has confirmed that @jbairstow21 has returned to action today with the Academy at Sedbergh School. #YCCC — Yorkshire CCC (@Yorkshireccc) April 30, 2014
The England Tests hopeful's ambitious sweep saw the ball fly up perfectly into the hands of Adam Lyth at slip to leave Middlesex 327 for three.
Yorkshire opted to take the new ball an over before lunch but the change was to no avail and the home side went into the interval 360 for three, needing 112 more to win.
There was no change in the pattern of play after the break however as, much to Yorkshire's frustration, Rogers continued to look assured at the crease.
Liam Plunkett thought he had removed Rogers' partner Neil Dexter when the right-hander dangled his bat out and wicketkeeper Andy Hodd caught the ball, but the umpires were unmoved.
Chris Rogers has a double-century and is steering @Middlesex_CCC to a remarkable chase of 472 versus @Yorkshireccc pic.twitter.com/pEC2xuTD3S — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) April 30, 2014
To rub salt into the wounds, Rogers then hit the 32nd four of his innings to complete the 10th double-hundred of his career and his highest score for Middlesex.
Yorkshire's fielders were visibly demoralised as the afternoon wore on and their opponents' target grew smaller.
Dexter certainly played his part, finishing unbeaten on 72 as Middlesex secured a memorable victory shortly before 3pm.
Middlesex, who moved second in Division One just behind Sussex, ended with 19 points to fourth-placed Yorkshire's three.