LV County Championship - Division Two
Gloucestershire 218 (D O Brown 68, A Richardson 5-34) & 161-4 dec (W Porterfield 69, S Finn 2-41) v Middlesex 313-7 dec (B A Godleman 106, D J Malan 50, J Lewis 5-64)
Middlesex (10pts) drew with Gloucestershire (7pts)
A rain-affected fourth day saw Middlesex and Gloucestershire's match at Lord's peter out into a draw.
Gloucestershire resumed from their overnight second-innings total of 30-0 to reach 161-4 declared by stumps - a lead of 66 runs.
They lost their first wicket when Kadeer Ali left a ball from Alan Richardson that came in sharply to uproot his leg stump.
The second wicket fell on 92 when Hamish Marshall got an outside edge to a rising ball from Steven Finn and was caught behind for 22.
After lunch, Finn claimed another wicket when he swung the ball in and knocked out Alex Gidman's middle stump to reduce the visitors to 110-3.
William Porterfield then fell for 69 from 162 balls with six fours after Dawid Malan beat him with a leg-break, trapping him in front of the stumps to make it 151-4.
Chris Taylor was 38 not out from 42 balls when rain brought the match to an end an hour before the scheduled close of play.
Gloucestershire reached 30-0 in their second innings during the 11 overs of play that were possible on day three against Middlesex at Lord's.
The rain finally cleared late in the day allowing a brief passage of play to get under way at 5.00pm.
Middlesex skipper Shaun Udal declared his side's first innings on the overnight position of 313-7, a lead of 95.
That was reduced to 65 by the close as the visitors' opening pair Kadeer Ali (10no) and William Porterfield (20no) made a strong start to the second innings.
Porterfield enjoyed one moment of good fortune when Murali Kartik at second slip failed to get his fingers to an edge off Alan Richardson's bowling.
The match though has little riding on it with Gloucestershire bottom of the Division Two table and Middlesex's hopes of promotion ended in mid-season.
Middlesex are in a strong position going into the third day of their County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Lord's thanks to Billy Godleman's first century of the season.
The 19-year-old made 106 guided the home side to 313-7 and a lead of 95 runs with three wickets still intact.
Morning showers meant that 22 overs of the second day were lost to the weather, but Godleman scored freely when he came to the crease.
He was eventually dismissed ten balls after he reached his deserved century when he chased a wide delivery from Jon Lewis and was caught behind.
Middlesex had resumed on 106-1 and had Godleman and Dawid Malan to thank for the bulk of their runs. They shared a fourth-wicket partnership worth 110 before Malan fell for 50.
Former England bowler Lewis enjoyed plenty of success with the ball, finishing the day with figures of 5-64 for his first five-wicket haul of the summer.
Alan Richardson claimed a five-wicket haul as Middlesex finished the opening day in a strong position against Gloucestershire.
The seamer, who has missed most of the season with an ankle injury, bagged five for 34 as the visitors were knocked over for 218 before the Middlsex batsmen drove home the advantage.
Gloucester never recovered from losing their first four wickets for 39 runs, Tim Murtagh removing William Porterfield lbw for five and Kadeer Ali, whose loose drive served only to edge the ball onto the stumps.
Hamish Marshall, having taken 35 minutes and faced 25 balls to get off the mark and survived a dropped catch on nought, was next to fall, as Steve Finn trapped the former New Zealand player lbw playing across the line for a single.
Gloucestershire soon lost Chris Taylor for five, caught at forward short leg off Richardson, before Alex Gidman and David Brown stemmed the tide somewhat.
But while Gidman played on having reached 38, Brown went on to his half-century and shared in stands of 46 with Stephen Snell and 61 with Richard Dawson.
But Snell edged to third slip for 31 and Finn swung one back to trap Brown for 68, before Richardson mopped up the last three wickets - Jon Lewis caught behind for 15, Dawson driving to cover after making 29, and Ian Saxelby lbw.
In reply, Middlesex were soon on the attack with Andrew Strauss and Billy Godleman sharing an opening stand of 77, before Strauss top-edged a pull straight to mid-on seven runs short of his half-century.
By the close they had advanced to 105 without further loss with Godleman and Ed Joyce unbeaten on 40 and 21 respectively.