Middlesex’s Chris Rogers played one of the great innings to sink Yorkshire at Lord’s, according to White Rose fast bowler Liam Plunkett.
Veteran Australia Test opener Rogers hit a breathtaking 241 not out off 290 balls to guide Middlesex to a record chase of 472 for the loss of just three wickets as shocked Yorkshire suffered their first LV= County Championship defeat of the season.
The 36-year-old anchored a pursuit of the third highest successful run chase in the history of the Champion-ship, with one of the other two also involving the Tykes when Somerset chased 476 at Taunton in 2009.
Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser said: “I’ve seen special innings from Desmond Haynes, Mike Gatting, Mark Ramprakash and Jacques Kallis, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything to better that.”
And Plunkett believes Rogers’ chanceless innings was worthy of such praise.
“It’s got to be up there,” said the England Lions fast bowler, who went wicketless in the second innings despite his good early-season form.
“He’s a batsman who knows his game. He’s played a lot of cricket and he’s in the Australian squad where he’s getting runs.
“He’s positive at the start of his innings and, once he gets going, he’s quite hard to stop. In the last year, we’ve nicked him off early. But hats off to him, he played well. It was a great knock.”
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie admitted his bowlers’ performance at the start of Middlesex’s chase had cost them dear, with the hosts reaching close on Tuesday’s third day at 230-1.
“On Wednesday, the sun was shining and it was a decent wicket. But on Tuesday afternoon, the game got away from us a little bit. They were aggressive and there were a few edges that didn’t carry and maybe one dropped catch,” added Plunkett.
“They were 200-plus for one overnight. We were better on Wednesday and we tried very hard. There were edges and a few lbws that were close and weren’t given but that’s cricket. You have to crack on.”