LV County Championship - Division Two
The Brit Oval
Surrey 388 (M R Ramprakash 133, U Afzaal 82) & 242 (M J Brown 73, S D Udal 6-74) v Middlesex 445 (P J Hughes 195, D J Malan 86, Murtaza Hussain 4-101) & 184-9 (P J Hughes 57, C P Schofield 4-49, Murtaza Hussain 4-70)
Surrey (10pts) drew with Middlesex (11pts)
Middlesex fell just two runs short of achieving victory on a dramatic final day against Surrey at the Brit Oval on Saturday.
Surrey resumed on 60-1, but Mark Ramprakash fell in the seventh over to a tumbling catch at short mid-wicket and only captain Michael Brown held the innings together with a battling 73.
Brown was dismissed soon after lunch though and, with both Grant Elliott and Chris Schofield departing to poor strokes when caution was required, Middlesex moved in for the kill.
Murtaza Hussain and Stuart Meaker put on 33 for the final wicket though before Shaun Udal accounted for the number 11 to wrap up figures of 6-74.
That left the hosts with a target of 186 to chase in 25 overs and with three overs to go, Middlesex were overwhelming favourites on 169 for three and with Eoin Morgan on 41.
But the 22-year old Irish left-hander, who was recently called up into England's one-day squad for the forthcoming series against the West Indies, skied a wild thrash at Hussain's off-spin into the safe hands of Ramprakash at short extra cover.
Suddenly, although 17 off 17 balls was still a comparatively simple equation, panic gripped Middlesex and Surrey's players stepped up their game in the field.
Billy Godleman was stumped swinging at Schofield's leg-spin, and Neil Dexter - who had hit 28 in a nine-over stand of 62 with Morgan - was bowled from the last ball of the penultimate over heaving to leg.
Even then, though, with 10 now required from the 25th and final over, Udal struck what looked like being the most telling blow of all when, after a Ben Scott single, he drove the first ball he faced, from Hussain, high over the long-on boundary for six.
Only three runs were now needed, and there were four balls in which to get them, but Udal took a wild swing at Hussain's next ball and was bowled.
Steven Finn missed a swipe at the next ball, and then was lbw to the fifth ball of the dramatic last over, leaving Alan Richardson to try to salvage a desperate situation all of Middlesex's own making.
In the end the tailender was run out going for a second run to deep square leg from the final ball of the match - when he needed three to win and two to tie - and this LV County Championship Division Two thriller was drawn with Middlesex finishing on 184 for nine.
A brilliant 195 from Phil Hughes helped Middlesex claim a first-innings lead of 57 on the third day against Surrey at the Brit Oval.
The Australian opener resumed on 134 and had moved within five of a double century when he edged behind off Jade Dernbach (2-52), who was armed with the second new ball.
His third hundred in four championship innings had taken him only 247 balls, and he struck 28 fours - many of them violent and most either through his favourite off-side area between third man and cover or pulled to midwicket.
Hughes has now scored 517 runs at an average of 172. His first-class career average has risen to just below 70, in his 24th match, but his top score still remains the 198 he hit for New South Wales against South Australia at Adelaide last winter.
His dismissal reduced Middlesex to 317-4 but Dawid Malan's 86 ensured they were able to move beyond Surrey's first-innings effort of 388.
Off-spinner Murtaza Hussain persevered for figures of 4-101 as Middlesex were eventually all out for 445 in the evening session.
Surrey lost Scott Newman (2) in the first over of their second innings, caught by Hughes at third slip off Tim Murtagh (1-21), but Michael Brown (27no) and Mark Ramprakash (31no) saw them through to stumps on 60-1, an overall lead of three.
Phil Hughes gave England fans another taster of what to expect during the Ashes with a blazing unbeaten century for Middlesex against Surrey at the Brit Oval.
The Australian opener, controversially signed up by Middlesex for the first six weeks of the season, finished unbeaten on 134 in his side's first innings score of 200-2.
The 20-year-old, who smashed 21 fours during his 166-ball knock, dominated an opening stand of 165 with Billy Godleman (37) as the visitors made a promising start in reply to Surrey's 388.
Hughes has been in stunning form since arriving on English soil, he has now scored three centuries in four championship innings.
His unorthodox technique was on full show at the Oval, especially when unleashing his favourite cut shots or, as he did twice in quick succession to Andre Nel after reaching three figures, pulling with a ferocity that is astonishing for someone so slightly built.
Nel, the former South Africa fast bowler, was so enraged that he then sent down a high full toss which Hughes did well to fend away.
The New South Welshman immediately protested to Nel, who to his credit apologised and, at the end of the over, went up to Hughes to issue another apology and put an arm around his shoulders.
Surrey had earlier lost their last five wickets for 98 runs after resuming at 290-5.
Mark Ramprakash added just seven to his overnight position before being dismissed by Steve Finn for 133.
Seam bowler Finn also accounted for Chris Schofield (47) to finish with figures of 3-111.
Mark Ramprakash's 104th first-class century guided Surrey to 290-5 after the opening day against Middlesex.
Ramprakash, making his first four-day appearance of the season following a two-match suspension for swearing at an umpire, finished unbeaten on 126 from 241 balls.
In his seventh championship meeting with his former county, for whom he played for 14 years before leaving to join rivals Surrey in 2001, the 39-year-old took his run tally to 829 in 10 innings.
Surrey slipped to 31-2 after opting to bat first at the Brit Oval but a third-wicket stand of 143 between Ramprakash and Usman Afzaal revived the innings.
Afzaal was bowled by Middlesex skipper Shaun Udal for 82 but Jon Batty helped add 80 for the fourth wicket to take the hosts beyond 250.
Middlesex used the second new ball to hit back with the scalps of Batty (29) and Grant Elliott (1) in the evening session, but they failed to shift Ramprakash, who had struck 12 boundaries by the close.