LV County Championship - Division Two
Lord's - day four
Nottinghamshire 473 (S P Fleming 110, M A Wagh 92, C M W Read 61, W P U J C Vaas 5-126) & 456-7 dec (S R Patel 112, M A Wagh 94, S P Fleming 81, W I Jefferson 73) v Middlesex 472 (E T Smith 122, E J G Morgan 72, A R Adams 4-127)
Middlesex (12pts) drew with Nottinghamshire (11pts)
Samit Patel stroked a century as promotion-chasing Nottinghamshire batted throughout the final day to earn a draw against Middlesex.
Patel contributed 112, while there were also solid efforts from Will Jefferson (73), Mark Wagh (94) and Stephen Fleming (81) to allow the visitors to finish at 456-7 in their second innings on a Lord's pitch that remained good for batting throughout the four days.
Middlesex skipper Ed Smith tried 10 bowlers, and it was the occasional offerings of Eoin Morgan that proved the most successful. The Irishman claimed Patel as his maiden first-class wicket on the way to figures of 2-24.
Nottinghamshire earn 11 points for their efforts, enough to retain second place in the Division Two table.
Nottinghamshire reached 96-1 in their second innings, a lead of 97, heading into the final day against Middlesex.
Mark Wagh (50no) and Will Jefferson (38no) shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 85 to boost Nottinghamshire after the early loss of Jason Gallian for a duck.
Earlier, Middlesex extended their first innings from 265-3 to 472 all out to move within one run of first-innings parity.
Ed Smith added just five to his overnight position of 117, but there were solid contributions all the way down the order as all of the last seven batsman reached at least 20.
Middlesex captain Ed Smith struck 117 not out to lead his side to 265-3 in their first innings by the close of day two against Nottinghamshire.
Smith, batting at number three, faced 177 balls and hit 15 fours to ensure the hosts made a strong reply to Nottinghamshire's 473 at Lord's.
Eoin Morgan (62no) provided his skipper with admirable support during an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 140.
Earlier, Nottinghamshire extended their first innings from 389-7 to 473 all out - Chris Read was ninth out for 61.
Chaminda Vaas added the wicket of Paul Franks (46) to his first-day haul to complete figures of 5-126.
Notts skipper Stephen Fleming played another pivotal innings for his side as his fine century helped them to make 389-7 at Lord's.
Sri Lankan left-armer Chaminda Vaas (4-92) struck early for Middlesex, with his two wickets reducing the visitors to 57-2.
Fleming came to the crease and he and Mark Wagh put on a magnificent 188 for the third wicket to build a substantial platform for the Notts innings.
Fleming became Vaas' third victim when he was eventually out for 110 off just 158 balls, while Wagh went on to make 92.