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Middlesex & Leicestershire settle for draw at Lord's

Middlesex 219 & 255 drew with Leicestershire 282 & 139-5
Middlesex 7pts, Leics 8pts
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LV County Championship

Rain ruined the prospect of an exciting finish as Middlesex and Leicestershire had to settle for a draw at Lord's.

Resuming on 168-4, Middlesex were all out for 255 as Nathan Buck and Claude Henderson both took three wickets.

Needing 193 to win, the visitors slumped to 92-5, despite Matthew Boyce's 52, while Tim Murtagh took 2-7 in eight overs, including six maidens.

Rain brought an end to proceedings with Leicestershire on 139-5, leaving them with eight points to Middlesex's seven.

Leicestershire scented victory earlier in the day as they mopped up the last six Middlesex wickets inside 45 minutes at the start of play.

The home side soon lost nightwatchman Toby Roland-Jones for 13, before Owais Shah (55) joined forces with Gareth Berg (21) to see Middlesex past 200.


Shah was caught at slip off Jigar Naik (2-78) to spark a dramatic home collapse which saw Middlesex lose their last five wickets for 29 runs in the space of 8.5 overs.

Leicestershire lost Greg Smith for a golden duck to Murtagh and were 10-1 at lunch.

Soon after the break, Jacques du Toit, driving hard at a delivery from Murtagh, found a thick edge to be spectacularly held overhead and to his right at slip by Dawid Malan.

Middlesex nemesis James Taylor, averaging 161 against the north London side, went after only six deliveries for a duck, as he fell to lbw to Pedro Collins.

Paul Nixon (24) added 55 with Boyce, but on the cusp on tea, Nixon pushed forward at the occasional off-spin of Owais Shah to be caught at short leg.

Boyce notched a 102-ball half-century at the start of the final session but only two balls later he went back to a quicker ball from Shaun Udal that crept through the defences and pegged back off stump to leave Leicestershire seemingly in trouble.

Tom New cut the deficit further with a bright and breezy 41 not out with six boundaries before rain arrived and frustration ensued.

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