ACT Premier Cricket: John Rogers scores unbeaten double century after second chance

After getting dropped on the second ball he faced, Weston Creek Molonglo's John Rogers knew he needed to cash in. And that's exactly what he did.

The former Western Australia and Tasmanian batsman went to town on the Ginninderra bowling attack, posting the first double century of his career in his side's Douglas Cup game on Saturday.

Weston Creek Molonglo batsman John Rogers scored an unbeaten double century against Ginninderra on Saturday.
Weston Creek Molonglo batsman John Rogers scored an unbeaten double century against Ginninderra on Saturday. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Rogers finished unbeaten on 204 and teammate Sam Taylor (107 not out) posted his first century for Creek in a dominant batting display of 4-359 declared.

Ginninderra will resume at Stirling Oval on Sunday at 3-45, trying to conjure up a miracle run chase for first-innings points on a perfect deck for batting.

It appeared Rogers had blown his chance when he nicked his  second ball, only for the regulation chance to go down in the slips.

"I've never scored a double hundred before so it's a first for everything," Rogers said.


"I've probably learnt after making several mistakes over the years that you cash in when you get dropped.

"Dropped second ball and made the most of it."

Rogers rejoined Creek in December after spending the past several years  playing first-class cricket for Tasmania and WA.

He moved back to Canberra this year for a work opportunity after losing his state contract with WA.

Rogers narrowly missed out on making a first-class century, caught by Victorian wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb for 95 at the MCG.

He adds plenty of experience to a Creek side that  is without captain Jono Dean, who is on Big Bash duties with the Adelaide Strikers, and Blake Dean, sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"It was a slow outfield here at Stirling so there was lots of running, not what you want the first week after the Christmas break," Rogers said.

"It's a beautiful batting wicket, I've not batted on a wicket like that for a very long time, even back in Perth. It's an absolute road."

Creek were in a spot of trouble at 4-91 before Rogers and Taylor turned the innings on its head with an unbeaten stand of 268 for the fifth wicket.

Meanwhile, a sensational six-wicket haul from Tim Catlin helped Eastlake restrict Queanbeyan to 212 at Kingston Oval.

Eastlake will resume at 3-91 after Catlin claimed 6-39 from 16 overs.

ANU will push towards an outright victory against North Canberra Gungahlin, leading by 112 runs with five wickets in hand.

From 0-20, Norths crumbled to be all out for just 59, with Alrick Campbell the pick of the bowlers with 4-12.

Talented youngster Daniel Leerdam is unbeaten on 58 with ANU 5-171 in its first innings.

Wests/UC (223) need just two wickets to take first-innings points against Tuggeranong (8-92) at Chisholm Oval.

DOUGLAS CUP: Weston Creek Molonglo 4-359 (dec) v Ginninderra 3-45 at Stirling Oval. Queanbeyan 212 v Eastlake 3-91 at Kingston Oval. North Canberra Gungahlin 59 v ANU 5-171 at Harrison No 2 Oval. Wests/UC 223 v Tuggeranong 8-92 at Chisholm Oval. Play resumes on Sunday at 11am.