Rogers digs in to build Derbyshire’s lead

Saturday 1st August 2009

James Tredwell was left unbeaten on 86 after a four-hour stint at the crease

Kent v Derbyshire LV County Championship Division 2, day three Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell

A stylish, unbeaten 75 from Derbyshire skipper Chris Rogers helped extend his side“s lead to 148 as the visitors went in at tea on the third day on 134 for one.
The East Midlands county“s openers Rogers (10) and Wayne Madsen (19) posted 60 for their first wicket stand before Madsen fell in unfortunate circumstances.
Backing up to a straight drive by Rogers, Madsen was out of his ground when bowler Ryan McLaren finger-tipped the ball onto the stumps at the non-striker“s end.
Kent started a sunny morning by completing their first innings, having resumed on their overnight score of 249 for eight and in pursuit of Derbyshire“s total of 303.
James Tredwell and Simon Cook continued their ninth-wicket stand for another 75 minutes in taking the partnership to 86 in 31 overs before Cook (34) pulled a short ball from Tim Groenewald to deep square leg where Daniel Redfern retained his balance superbly near the ropes to an over-head catch that made it 287 for nine.
Two runs later, Kent“s last man Amjad Khan (1) was struck on the boot by a Greg Smith Yorker to go leg before and leave Tredwell unbeaten on 86 from 204 balls and with 11 fours – his season“s best.
Painfully, Kent finished 11 short of a third batting bonus point and were only 14 short of equalling Derbyshire“s first innings effort while Graham Wagg failed to add to his second day tally of five for 96.