Chris Rogers was signed by Middlesex CCC in 2011 to provide leadership and experience to the squad and during the four seasons he spent with the club he provided both. Rogers arrived with the pedigree of scoring county runs and he continued to do that with regularity. In the 60 1st Class matches he played for Middlesex CCC he passed 50 on 36 occasions. In all he struck 14 hundreds for Middlesex CCC. The most memorable being when he smashed an unbeaten 241 to see Middlesex to a remarkable victory over Yorkshire at Lord’s. The innings is rightly regarded as one of the best ever played by a Middlesex batsman.
Rogers was born on 31 August 1977 in Sydney, played his early cricket in Perth before moving to Melbourne, where he played most of his Sheffield Shield cricket. Prior to joining Middlesex CCC he had made one Test appearance for Australia but his performances for the Club encouraged Australia to pick him again. And he did not let them down, scoring five hundreds in 24 further appearances.
Rogers was not a pretty player to watch but he was highly effective and his resilience made him extremely popular with Middlesex members. He captained the Club in 2014 and in total scored just under 5,000 first-class runs for the club at an average of more than 50. He will rightly be regarded as one of Middlesex’s finest overseas players.