County Championship round-up: Short-sighted Rogers kicks sand into Kent's eyes
Friday 04 September 2009
Given that he is is short-sighted and also colour blind, Chris Rogers deserves credit for merely playing first-class cricket. That the Australian manages to be one of the most tenacious batsman on the county circuit – as Kent learnt to their cost yesterday – makes him a man apart, and Derbyshire supporters would surely agree.
Rogers struck an unbeaten 116 for his county, who are seeking, like Kent – the runaway leaders of the Second Division – to be promoted to the top flight. His unbroken partnership of 186 with fellow opener Wayne Madsen left their side in a very strong position to be promoted after a five-wicket haul from Steffan Jones in the morning.
Jones spent a month on loan at Kent earleir this season: such is their injury-ravaged attack (a new overseas bowler is supposed to be on the way), they could do with him again. The visitors lost their last five wickets for 47 to be bowled out for 281 and then Rogers raced to his fourth hundred of the summer.
Like Rogers, Jonathan Trott has enjoyed a superb season but he just failed to score his fifth ton of 2009 yesterday. Trott was out for 93 on on his return to the Championship with Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Nonethless, Warwickshire improved their chances of staying in the First Division by taking maximum batting points against Worcestershire. They made 443 after a match-shaping 133 by captain Ian Westwood and Worcestershire were 11 without loss when rain ended the final session.
Nottinghamshire put themselves in a position to force their first victory in nine Championship matches against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge, having the visitors 220 for 8 the close.
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