Joyce scripts draw

Hosts content to bat out final day

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Joyce scripts draw

Joyce: 86 from 150 balls

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Lord's
Middlesex 308 (D C Nash 96) & 292-6 dec (E C Joyce 86, D C Nash 63 no) v Glamorgan 300 (J W M Dalrymple 80, M J Powell 50, T J Murtagh 7-95)
Middlesex (10pts) drew with Glamorgan (10pts)

Ed Joyce and David Nash made half-centuries to see Middlesex to a draw on the final day against Glamorgan at Lord's.

The hosts progressed their second innings from an overnight position of 56-0 to 292-6, an overall lead of 300, before captain Joyce declared to confirm the stalemate. Both sides earn 10 points from the result.

Joyce, leading the side in the absence of Ed Smith, contributed 86 and Nash - who fell four short of a century in the first innings - finished unbeaten on 63.

Veteran off-spinner Robert Croft was the pick of the visiting attack with figures of 3-102.

Day Three

Jamie Dalrymple reminded the Lord's faithful what they are missing with an innings of 80 to steer Glamorgan close to first-innings parity on day three.

The all-rounder, who left Middlesex for Wales during the winter, struck 10 fours during a 144-ball knock against his former colleagues.

Resuming on 85-3, Mike Powell and Dalrymple extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 67. The stand ended when Powell was caught behind off Steven Finn's (2-72) bowling for exactly 50.

Dalrymple added 100 with Mark Wallace (34) for the fifth wicket before becoming Finn's second victim to reduce Glamorgan to 193-5.

That eventually became 300 all out - a first-innings deficit of eight runs - after Middlesex medium pacer Tim Murtagh claimed four of the final five wickets to finish with a career-best analysis of 7-95.

By the close, Middlesex opening pair Andrew Strauss (33no) and Billy Godleman (21no) had reached 56-0 in their side's second innings, an overall lead of 64.

Day Two

Glamorgan recovered from 26-3 with an unbeaten stand of 59 for the fourth wicket between Mike Powell and Jamie Dalrymple to stay in contention at Lord's.

Tim Murtagh had taken 3-25 to put the visitors in big trouble, before Powell's unbeaten 45 restored some balance on a weather-affected day.

Earlier, David Nash fell four short of a century in Middlesex's 308.

Resuming on 53 overnight, Nash played sensibly but wickets tumbled around him and he was finally out when he crashed an Alex Wharf delivery to short square-leg.

Day One

David Nash made an unbeaten half century as Middlesex recovered from a top order collapse to reach 198-5 at the close of play against Glamorgan.

Middlesex had made a positive start before the departure of England man Andrew Strauss began a flurry of wickets which saw them crash from 69-0 to 95-4.

Strauss and opening partner Billy Godleman both made 36, but Owais Shah failed to score and Eoin Morgan fell for just eight.

Ed Joyce and Nash began the fightback before Joyce became one of four victims for Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace having made 33 and shared in a stand of 73 for the fifth wicket.

Nash remains unbeaten on 53 from 78 deliveries and has hit seven fours.

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