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Hughes century boosts Middlesex

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO, Lord's
Middlesex v Glamorgan

22-25 April (Play starts 1100 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Glamorgan 505, Middlesex 174-1 (Glam 5pts, Middx 2pts)


Phillip Hughes
Hughes is set to be part of Australia's Ashes squad this summer

Australian batting sensation Phillip Hughes hit an unbeaten debut century as Middlesex battled to avoid the follow-on against Glamorgan.

Hughes, a controversial choice as overseas player with the Ashes looming, was not out on exactly 100 as Middlesex closed day two on 174-1.

They still require a further 182 to avoid the follow-on after Glamorgan racked up 505 after resuming on 351-6.

Mark Wallace, 58 overnight, went on to make 128, and David Harrison 51.

But it was Hughes who took top billing, taking full advantage of his chance to acclimatise to English conditions before the Ashes starts later this summer after spending four-and-a-half sessions in the field.

The 20-year-old left-hander did not take long to get into his stride, cutting and slashing at anything short of a length outside his off stump.

He scored 42 by tea and reached his century, which included 17 fours, in the final over of the day with a single wide of short third man.

It was Hughes' eighth first-class hundred in only his 22nd first-class appearance.

He was given ample support by opening partner Billy Godleman (23) and then shared in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 107 with Neil Dexter (43), although Glamorgan remain very much in the driving seat thanks to their big first-innings total.



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