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Middlesex game drawn
Middlesex game drawn
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Middlesex captain Chris Rogers posted a defiant 138 not out today to help prevent Lancashire from claiming a County Championship victory at Liverpool.

Middlesex's interim skipper, the left-handed Australian opening batsman, underpinned his side's second innings effort of 265-1 from 96 overs after being set a target of 429 in the latter stages of Friday's third day.

He shared stands of 104 and an unbroken 161 for the first and second wickets with Sam Robson and Joe Denly respectively, both of whom scored half-centuries. Robson finished with 50 and Denly 61 not out.

This was only the second draw in 14 Championship matches at Liverpool, dating back to 2004.

Red Rose coach Peter Moores said: "I think we played good cricket. We played well to set them 429 and give ourselves our a day to bowl them out. Yesterday was a great day. To bowl them out in the first session was a top effort. To score 260-odd in 50 gave us the best possible chance to win the game.

"We couldn't have done much else. It didn't turn like we hoped it would. Rogers played very well. The fact that we only got one wicket, caught behind down the leg-side, was testament to how well they played. I thought we bowled ok and put a lot in the right area."

The men from Lord's, who started the day on 29-0, only lost one wicket during the fourth day as Kyle Hogg had Robson caught behind down the leg-side by Gareth Cross in his first over of the day, the 45th of the innings.

That left them at 104-1, with right-handed Robson falling shortly after reaching his half-century.

Spinners Simon Kerrigan and Steven Croft bowled 52 overs between them, while Ashwell Prince was also part of a seven-man attack for one over, which ended up being his first in first-class cricket since 2008 when he played for Nottinghamshire.

Rogers survived loud lbw appeals on 16 and 55 off Glen Chapple and Kerrigan, the former being in the first over of the day.

He reached his ton off 203 balls with a cover driven four off Prince's first ball, but was then caught at second slip by Prince off a Croft no ball on 112, which Moores admitted: "Probably getting Rogers caught off a no ball summed up the day."

He added: "For them to go for it was very difficult. You saw that we lost wickets quickly when we tried to go for it last night. Because it's slow, it's hard to get somebody out, but it's also hard to force the pace with the bat.
 
"Had they been chasing 380 or something like that and had a go at it, it would have been tough to stop them had two people got in on it because there wasn't much else for the seamers to go to and there wasn't much spin off straight."

Lancashire, who climb out of the bottom two with nine points, face bottom side Durham at the Riverside on Wednesday.

Reports: Day 1   I   Day 2   I   Day 3

Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd

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