May 052013

Chris Rogers continued his brilliant form in England bringing up his double hundred in the County Championship.

Surrey 338 (Finn 1-69) & 1-85 drew with Middlesex 166 (Rogers 21) & 8-514 dec (Rogers 214) at Lord’s.UsChris Rogers carried on where he left off on Day 3, bringing up his 200 from 293 balls to save Middlesex from their first County Championship defeat of the season. Rogers’ knock improved his batting average to 95 for the season as he continues to put his hand up for selection ahead of the First Test of The Ashes.

ThemSteven Finn struggled to make inroads into the Surrey line-up with only one wicket from 34 overs for the match. With 65 days until the first ball is bowled in The Ashes, Finn still has time to work his way into the form the English fans are accustomed to.

Nottinghamshire 4-287 (Copeland 2-50) defeated Northamptonshire 204 (Swann 1-15) by 83 runs at The County Ground, Northampton.UsTrent Copeland found himself among the wickets once again, albeit expensively, with 2-50 from eight overs in the Pro40 match against Nottinghamshire.

ThemIt wasn’t enough however, as Notts comfortably won by 83 runs thanks to a century from James Taylor and a blistering 95 from 66 balls for Samit Patel. Graeme Swann continued his comeback from injury with a miserly 1-15 from seven overs. Swann was selected in England’s squad for the Champions Trophy, hoping to be back in peak condition for The Ashes.

Unicorns 8-183 lost to Somerset 2-184 (Buttler 0) by 8 wickets at The County Ground, Taunton.ThemSomerset made light work of Unicorns’ target of 183, chasing it down in just 15.3 overs for the loss of two wickets. Marcus Trescothick and Peter Trego did most of the damage with an opening stand of 159 from just 13.3 overs. The wicket of Trescothick brought Jos Buttler, selected as the wicketkeeper in England’s Champions Trophy squad, to the crease but he was shortly back in the pavilion, caught at backward square leg for a golden duck.

Durham 5-209 lost to Essex 6-212 (Quiney 50, Bopara 10) by 4 wickets at Emirates Durham ICG.UsRob Quiney continued his solid season for Essex with a half-century from 54 balls to guide Essex to victory over Durham. Quiney now has two half-centuries from two matches in the limited overs format this year.

ThemMany people questioned Ravi Bopara’s selection in England’s Champions Trophy and he failed to put those doubts to rest after he was dismissed for just 10 and went without a wicket from his seven overs. In two matches in the Pro40 season, Bopara has failed to take a wicket and managed only 18 runs.

Glamorgan 7-285 (North 68) defeated Yorkshire 257 (Jaques 0, Root 0, Bairstow 53, Hogan 3-29) by 28 runs at Colwyn Bay.UsThere were mixed fortunes for the Aussie contingent in the clash as Yorkshire failed to chase down Glamorgan’s target of 285. Glamorgan skipper Marcus North displayed his experience with 68 from 63 balls to guide his side to a total that proved too much for the Vikings. Yorkshire’s chase got off to a terrible start with Phil Jaques being bowled for a golden duck in the first over. Michael Hogan continued his good form with the ball, taking 3-29 from 7.2 overs to ensure victory for Glamorgan.

ThemEngland’s Joe Root failed to trouble the scorers as he departed for a duck just two balls after Jaques. Jonny Bairstow showed why he was selected in England’s Champions Trophy squad with 53 from just 36 balls to give his side some chance of stealing victory.

Scotland 7-192 lost to Hampshire 5-194 (Bailey 24) by 5 wickets at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.UsODI vice-captain George Bailey failed to capitalise on his promising start, but his side proved too good for the Scots in a five-wicket victory. Bailey was bowled for 24 and he will be hoping to get some runs on the board in the coming weeks as the Champions Trophy edges closer.

Here is what the Twitterverse had to say about Chris Rogers’ brilliant knock:

First Posted 06 May, 2013 10:38AM AEDT

Tags: Trent Copeland , Michael Hogan , Rob Quiney , Chris Rogers , George Bailey , Phil Jaques , Marcus North

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