Australia Test opener Chris Rogers has hit an unbeaten 241 as English county Middlesex chased down their highest fourth-innings total to clinch a seven-wicket win over Yorkshire at Lord’s.
Set a huge 472 to win, 36-year-old Rogers stormed to the third-highest fourth-innings score ever recorded by a batsman in the county championship.
Middlesex’s target of 3-472 is the third-highest chase.
Neil Dexter stood shoulder with Rogers, making an undefeated 72 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 145.
Rogers has hit 10 double-hundreds in his career, and has four centuries at Test level, but insists that Wednesday’s innings was his best ever.
“I think it was the greatest innings I’ve hit. There’s been a couple of good ones but to be in a fourth innings and play like that and get a win, that doesn’t happen every day,” said Rogers, whose knock included 37 fours.
“That was what kept driving me on so to get over the line and still be there at the end is something to be very proud of.”
In the 20-over short form of the game Australia’s David Warner has top scored for Sunrisers Hyderabad to help the side to a 15-run victory over the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
The big-hitter came in at number four and put on 65 in 51 balls, firing off four sixes, and smashing an above-waist no-ball straight into umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s shoulder.
He was eventually sent packing off a Corey Anderson ball in the 19th over after sending a thick edge to keeper C M Gautam.
Compatriot Adam Finch earlier got Hyderabad’s innings off to a quick start after Mumbai won the toss and sent the Sunrisers in to bat.
He was caught for 16 after a 15-ball stay, with fellow Aussie Ben Dunk taking the catch with a jump at cover.
Chasing a total of 176 and looking for Mumbai’s first win of the season, Dunk was under pressure as he opened for the defending champions, and managed 20 off 17 balls.
Mumbai’s number five Kieron Pollard put 78 on the board, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win, and the side finished 7-157.
The two-point win lifts Hyderabad to sixth place in the IPL standings, while Mumbai remain in last-place eighth.
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