Rogers ton puts Middlesex on top
Middlesex captain Chris Rogers hit another century as his side took control on day two of their LV= County Championship match at Northampton.
The Australia left-hander took his tally to 591 for the domestic campaign with a knock of 106 - passing 22,000 first-class runs in the process - to cement his place as Division One's leading scorer.
Rogers is averaging 73.8 from his 11 innings, which includes that incredible unbeaten 241 to beat Yorkshire in late April, and is one of the main reasons why the county will probably be top of the table after the current round of fixtures.
Some credit in this match, however, should also go to 26-year-old seamer Toby Roland-Jones who recorded career-best figures of six for 55 after polishing off Northamptonshire's innings early in the morning session.
That laid the foundations for Rogers, after losing opening partner Sam Robson cheaply edging to third slip, to set about the hosts' attack together with Dawid Malan.
The pair put on 190 in 53 overs, batting throughout the afternoon session without losing a wicket.
Rogers was six short of his century when the tea interval arrived - Malan unbeaten on 73 - but the break did not hinder him as on the resumption he soon brought up three figures for the second time this summer, having hit 16 fours in 171 deliveries.
Matt Spriegel eventually found a way through the Australian's defences in the 57th over of the innings but Malan was denied his century when he was caught at midwicket off South African seamer Andrew Hall just eight runs short.
Neil Dexter (35 not out) and Joe Denly (20no) saw Middlesex through to the close with a stand of 36 to leave Division One's bottom side with just a 21-run lead and seven first innings wickets still to take.
Northamptonshire resumed the day on 251 for eight but added just 32 more - mainly thanks to Ian Butler finishing 48no - before they were dismissed.
Maurice Chambers was taken at short-leg from an inside-edge off Robson before Roland-Jones had Mohammad Azharullah caught at second slip to secure his career-best haul, beating his six for 63 against Nottinghamshire 13 months ago.