Middlesex fail to force win

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Middlesex fail to force win

Smith: second half century

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LV County Championship - Division Two

Lord's - Day Four

Middlesex 305-7 dec (A J Strauss 75, E T Smith 69) & 121-2 dec (E T Smith 56 no) v Gloucestershire 163 (C G Taylor 62 no, M Kartik 4-41) & 158-3 (H J H Marshall 59 no)

Middlesex (10pts) drew with Gloucestershire (6pts)

Middlesex' promotion hopes were dented after their clash with Gloucestershire at Lord's fizzled out into a rain-affected draw.

After losing almost the entire first two days to rain, Middlesex skipper Ed Smith was desperate to force a result and set Gloucestershire a target of 264 from a minimum of 55 overs on day four.

That target was set up in part by Smith's second half century of the match, the captain making an ubeaten 56 before declaring Middlesex' second innings on 121-2.

Alan Richardson gave the hosts some early hope by bowling Craig Spearman and Kadeer Ali, but hopes faded after Hamish Marshall was dropped on one by Tim Murtagh.

Marshall went on to make an unbeaten 59 as the visitors reached 158-3 and the captains shook hands with 4.3 overs of the day remaining.

The result means Middlesex need to win their game against promotion rivals Notts next week and their match in hand to have any chance of promotion.

Day Three

Middlesex declared their first innings after losing almost the entire first two days at Lord's to the weather, coming in after reaching 305-7.

Andrew Strauss hit 75 with 11 fours before he pulled Tom Shayt to midwicket - the 21-year-old seamer's maiden first class wicket.

Captain Ed Smith contributed 69 - his highest Championship score since the first match of the season, before Chaminda Vaas (44no) and Murali Kartik (35no) got the hosts past the 300 mark.

That decision to declare was quickly justified as Gloucestershire were reduced to 97-5 at the close.

Seamer Dan Evans claimed the first wicket to get the ball rolling, also his first wicket at this level on his debut.

Day two

Middlesex reached 20-1 during the 8.2 overs that were possible on the second day against Gloucestershire at Lord's.

The opening day had been a complete washout, but play did get under way on Thursday during a brief break in the weather.

Gloucestershire captain Jon Lewis opted to bowl first, hoping to exploit the seamer-friendly conditions along with new-ball partner Steve Kirby.

Kirby bowled Nick Compton off an inside edge to claim the only wicket to fall before the rain returned to end play for the day.

Compton's opening partner Andrew Strauss reached nine not out from 27 balls.

Day one

The opening day of the Division Two match at Lord's between Middlesex and Gloucestershire was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Persistent drizzle and bad light frustrated the efforts of the groundstaff and umpires to get play started.

The umpires made several inspections throughout the day before eventually deciding to abandon in late afternoon.

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