Aussie Rogers maintains flying start to English season

AFP| Updated: May 20, 2014, 10:44 AM IST

London: Australia`s Chris Rogers hit his second century of the English County Championship season as Middlesex dominated at Northamptonshire on Monday.

In-form opener Rogers scored 106 and team-mate Dawid Malan blasted 92 as Middlesex ended the second day of their First Division clash on 262 for three.

Rogers` century continued a fine streak for the left-hander, who has also scored 241 not out against Yorkshire and 82 against Warwickshire.

Malan, who had smashed an unbeaten 85 in Twenty20 defeat against Essex at Lord`s on Saturday, was also in good form again as Middlesex moved within 21 runs of Northamptonshire`s first innings total of 283.

Alfonso Thomas` five-wicket haul handed Somerset the initiative in their First Division clash against Durham at Taunton.

The 37-year-old South African pace bowler took five for 41 as Somerset restricted Durham to 155 all out on day one, with Scott Borthwick`s 59 one of few highlights for the visitors.

Spin dominated at New Road, where Monty Panesar`s four for 18, including six maidens, kept Essex in contention in their Second Division fixture against Worcestershire.

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal`s six for 75 looked to have put Worcestershire in control, with Essex could only move from 52 for two overnight to 203 all out.

But England left-arm spinner Panesar responded with a tight spell which restricted Worcestershire to 105 for eight in their second innings at the close of day two.

Worcestershire, who scored 291 in their first innings, lead by 193 but will not yet be fully confident of victory.

West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 60 in his first Second Division innings of the campaign for Leicestershire against Hampshire at Grace Road.

Leicestershire closed day two on 296 for nine in their first innings to trail Hampshire by 36 runs.