Thursday 29 May 2008 

Chris Rogers To Cut Short Planned Mid-Season Break

Derbyshire overseas player Chris Rogers it cutting short his proposed mid-season break to help the Phantoms’ quest for glory in 2008.

Rogers was scheduled to take a four to six week rest from the rigours of all-year-round cricket, but he will now take only a two week break at the conclusion of the forthcoming LV County Championship match against Worcestershire which starts on Friday 6th June.

Having played a full season in Australia prior to joining up with the Phantoms in April, Rogers was content to sit out the period which was intended for Mahela Jayawardena to take over the overseas duties.

But with the Jayawardena deal having been cancelled due to the player’s international commitments, Rogers will instead settle for a 14-day break as he aims to continue the form which has seen him average above 40 in both first-class and limited-overs cricket so far this season.

Head of Cricket John Morris said: "It was always planned that Chris would take a mid-season break and we are delighted it is going to be a short one. He has been in excellent form this season and we want to ensure he is firing on all cylinders at the business end of the summer.

"He will miss the opening stages of the Twenty20 Cup but could play a part later on, it will depend on how we are performing in the competition and how Chris is feeling then."

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