Middlesex: Chris Rogers sees good signs in title hunt

Chris Rogers

Middlesex captain Chris Rogers is backing Middlesex to maintain their Championship form through the summer.

They are unbeaten in Division One this season and currently sit second in the table, just five points behind Sussex.

The 35-year-old told BBC London 94.9: "It is a nice feeling to know that there are a lot of guys in form.

"We are batting well which is massive as we probably there struggled last year. We have got a good core group of bowlers and there are some good signs."

However, Rogers said having to settle for a draw against Sussex on Saturday was "hard to stomach".

Middlesex enforced the follow-on, but a career-best score of 187 from Luke Wright and strong support from Ed Joyce and Will Beer helped the visitors to deny Rogers' side a victory which would have put them top.

"We played fantastically well for a couple of days but then we just couldn't put them away," the Australian said.

"We missed chances and couldn't create enough as well.

"When numbers nine and 10 come in and pretty much stonewall it it makes it quite hard but then it's up to us to find a way. We tried everything but it didn't happen for us.

"The wicket felt quite flat at the end. In the first innings, things seemed to happen with the spin but in the second the wicket was just too dead and nothing seemed to misbehave. That was the difference in the two innings."

Meanwhile, Rogers has given his backing to Sam Robson following the controversial first innings dismissal of Sussex's Matt Prior.

The England wicketkeeper initially stood his ground after believing his shot had not carried to Robson at short leg.

"I know Sam very well and I know there is no way he would have claimed it if he didn't believe 100 percent that he had caught it," Rogers said.

"Gareth Berg had a very good sight of it and he said it was a clear catch. For me, that's it.

"I have played with Matt in Australia and know he is a competitive guy. It is just one of those things. People have different opinions, but you have got to take the fielder's word for it and move on."

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