Aussie opener Rogers hits double ton in record chase

AFP| Updated: May 01, 2014, 12:02 PM IST

London: Australia Test opener Chris Rogers 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 on Wednesday.

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 472 for three 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 the Australian insisted 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."