After the whole of the third day’s play was washed out, play was again held-up on the final day of the LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Lord’s, with no play being possible before lunch. With so much time being lost in the match and only 64 overs remaining, Middlesex had little choice but to chase batting bonus points. By the close of play they had reached 353-7 and took eight points from the drawn match with Nottinghamshire taking nine.
Middlesex resumed their first innings on 96-0 with Chris Rogers on 67 not out and Sam Robson on 28 not out. The pair achieved their third hundred opening partnership against Nottinghamshire this season with two twos in the opening over of the day from Harry Gurney. Rogers carried on where he had left-off on the second day and upper-cut a delivery from Gurney for a six over third-man.
Sam Robson scored only the second boundary of his innings as Middlesex reached 136-0 after 43 overs before Luke Fletcher replaced Gurney at the Pavilion End. Rogers hit the fourth ball of his spell for a four to bring up his third LV= County Championship hundred of the season (off 142 balls, 1 six & 11 fours). The opening stand reached 151 before Andre Adams had Rogers caught by Luke Fletcher at mid-off for 108, Rogers disappointingly failing by five runs to reach the 1,000 run mark in the Championship season.
Only a further single had been added before Sam Robson fell in Adams’ following over when he was caught at the wicket for 41. Dawid Malan joined Joe Denly at the wicket and the pair batted positively in the chase for batting bonus points with Denly being particularly strong through the mid-wicket area. The pair saw Middlesex to their first batting bonus point and the total reached 210-2 before Samit Patel was brought on to bowl his left-arm spin for the last over before tea. After Denly scored a single off the first ball of the over, Dawid Malan was bowled for 15 and Middlesex went into tea on 211-3 with Joe Denly 42 not out.
Neil Dexter joined Denly after tea and Denly reached his fifty with his 7th four and hit the next two balls from Gurney for fours although the last flew between the slips and gully. Gurney had his revenge in his next over when he bowled Denly for 63 (off 76 balls, 9 fours) to leave Middlesex on 245-4. John Simpson joined Dexter and the pair took Middlesex to 252-4 before Neil Dexter was caught in the gully by Lumb, off Gurney’s bowling for nine.
Simpson and Gareth Berg took the total to 272-5 before the last hour of sixteen overs was called. After only a single came off the first over from Luke Fletcher, twelve came off the following over from Andre Adams and six runs from the next over from Fletcher. After Simpson scored a three off the first ball of Adams next over, Gareth Berg was brilliantly caught and bowled by Adams who reached down in his follow-through to take the catch by his boot-laces, Berg having made 26.
Ollie Rayner joined John Simpson at the wicket and Simpson gave Middlesex their third batting bonus point with a three off the first ball of the 6th over of the final hour. Ollie Rayner scored successive fours off Fletcher as Middlesex chased a fourth bonus point but Adams trapped Rayner LBW for nine to reduce Middlesex to 314-7 with 8.4 overs remaining. James Harris joined Simpson and he offered good support to Simpson who was batting in his own efficient style.
The total reached 333-7 with just three overs remaining but Simpson scored seven runs off the first three balls of Adams’ over with James Harris scoring a four off the following delivery and with Adams also bowling a no-ball, thirteen runs came off the over. Simpson scored three runs off the penultimate over from Gurney to leave Middlesex needing just a single off the final over to achieve four batting points. Simpson struck the first ball of Adams’ over for a four to bring up his fifty off 74 balls (5 fours) and with the fourth point having been claimed, the players shook hands and the match was drawn with Middlesex declaring on 353-7.
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