LV= County Championship: Middlesex and Surrey settle for a draw

Last updated: 5th May 2013  

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Middlesex captain and potential Ashes opener Chris Rogers made a brilliant double hundred at Lord's before letting his side's clash with Surrey drift to a draw.

Rogers is back in the Baggy Green squad after a five-year exile for this summer's series and staked his claim for a spot with a thrilling 214 - the ninth double hundred of his first-class career.

Rogers batted like a man who wanted to send a message to the Australia selectors as well as lead his side to victory in adding 83 to his overnight 131 off 67 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, but by the time he declared at 514-8, Surrey needed 343 to win from only 48 overs.

They were never going to get the runs and Middlesex were never going to bowl them out either but, after being forced to follow on 172 runs behind, Rogers was happy to settle for a draw which keeps his side on the heels of first division leaders Durham and leaves Surrey still looking for their first win.

Rogers, normally a neat, methodical accumulator of runs, was at his most expansive, cutting, driving and pulling Tim Linley and Zander de Bruyn into the stands.

He was eventually bowled trying to sweep off-spinner Gareth Batty after being at the crease for more than seven hours, facing 307 balls and hitting 20 fours and two sixes.

When Rogers finally declared, Graeme Smith, the Surrey captain, had little option other than to settle for batting practice after averaging only 18 in his first four championship innings.

He had made 48 of Surrey's 85-1 when the teams shook hands on a draw.

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