It was a day for the statisticians as Middlesex, led by skipper Chris Rogers, scored an improbable 472 runs to defeat Yorkshire by seven wickets in the LV= County Championship match at Lord’s.
Rogers scored a quite brilliant 241 not out to steer Middlesex home with 45.2 overs to spare and in doing so, Middlesex recorded their highest successful run chase at Lord’s and claimed the third highest successful run chase in County Championship history, but short of the club’s 502-6 to defeat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1925. Rogers, who scored the 67th first-class hundred of his career, was well supported by Neil Dexter who scored 72 not out in an unbeaten partnership of 145 for the fourth wicket.
In the morning, Middlesex resumed their first innings needing a further 242 runs to win and Rogers and Dawid Malan took the hosts to 257-1 before Malan was LBW to Ryan Sidebottom for 35. Eoin Morgan joined Rogers at the wicket and after Rogers played out successive maiden overs from Steve Patterson, Rogers got back in his stride to reach his 150 with his 25th four (off 186 balls).
With Rogers in such form, Morgan was content to play second fiddle and the pair brought up the three hundred in only the 69th over. On the flat wicket, Yorkshire brought on spinners at both ends with Kane Williamson joining Adil Rashid in the attack. The total advanced to 327-2 before Eoin Morgan top-edged a sweep shot off Williamson and Adam Lyth took the catch at leg-slip to dismiss Morgan for 27. Neil Dexter joined Rogers and the pair took Middlesex to 356-3 before Yorkshire took the new ball just before lunch, after 82 overs. Four runs came off the Ryan Sidebottom over and lunch was taken with Rogers on 194 not out and Neil Dexter 10 not out.
Jack Brooks joined Sidebottom in the attack with the new ball but Rogers brought up his double century in the third over after lunch (off 250 balls, 32 fours). Liam Plunkett replaced Brooks after two overs at the Nursery End and off his second delivery, Neil Dexter got an edge and ‘keeper Andy Hodd claimed the catch but after umpire Rob Bailey conferred with his colleague Steve O’Shaughnessy at square-leg, he was given not out as the ball did not quite carry. To add insult to injury, Neil Dexter then hit Plunkett for successive fours to bring Middlesex to 388-3.
The four hundred came up in the 92nd over and a further eight runs came off the next two overs before Rogers hit Jack Brooks for three fours in an over to take his score to 232 out of a total of 420-3. Thereafter, Neil Dexter hastened the end, hitting Rashid for three fours before Kane Williamson replaced Rashid at the Nursery End with just 25 runs needed for victory. After Rogers scored a three off the second ball of Williamson’s over, Dexter hit the next ball over mid-wicket for a six to bring up a 74 ball fifty which included seven fours.
The total reached 458-3 with just fourteen runs needed for victory and Dexter finished the match off by hitting the first two balls of Williamson’s over for a four and a six before hitting the fourth ball for a further four to give Middlesex an astonishing seven wicket win. Chris Rogers innings of 241 not out was scored off 290 balls and contained 37 fours with Neil Dexter’s innings of 72 not out being scored off 83 balls and including 2 sixes and 10 fours.
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