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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Middlesex vs Leics

Malan sticks in for draw

Ackerman falls six short of double century at Lord's

Malan: Match-saving 61 not out

LV County Championship - Division Two
Middlesex 367 (E C Joyce 101, A J Strauss 71, B J M Scott 58, C W Henderson 4-85, G J P Kruger 4-95) & 185-5 (D J Malan 61 no, C W Henderson 4-79) v Leicestershire 533 (H D Ackerman 194, J J Cobb 148 no, M A G Boyce 63, A Richardson 4-104, M Kartik 4-104)
Middlesex (9pts) drew with Leicestershire (10pts)

Dawid Malan struck a patient 61 not out as Middlesex hung in for a hard-fought draw with Leicestershire in the LV County Championship Division Two match at Lord's.

The hosts had looked in trouble before lunch as they trailed Leicestershire's first innings total by 93 runs with four wickets down in their second innings.

But Malan and Eoin Morgan steadied the ship as the game completely fizzled out after tea and a draw was taken 20 minutes early.

Leicestershire began the day on 475-5, and strangely did not take the decision to declare as Middlesex tore through their middle and lower order before lunch.

The hosts took the new ball at the start of the day, and it took only four balls for Tim Murtagh to deny HD Ackerman the chance of a double-hundred.

The South African fell for 194 to finally break his 270-run partnership with Joshua Cobb - who finished unbeaten on 148 as the tail fell to pieces around him.

That left the visitors all out for 533, with a lead of 166 after the first innings.

Middlesex's second innings got off to a rocky start as they lost Dan Housego (6) in the seventh over, caught well by James Taylor off the bowling of du Perez.

Henderson took three wickets after lunch to leave Middlesex on 73-4 before Malan and Morgan stepped in and denied the visitors victory.

Day three

Teenager Josh Cobb cracked a maiden first-class century as records tumbled on day three at Lord's.

Cobb, the son of former foxes opener Russell, turned 18 at the weekend and celebrated in sensational style in only his fifth county championship innings, hitting 120 not out and sharing in a record unbeaten stand with HD Ackerman, who will resume on 190.

The pair added 266 - a record sixth wicket partnership against Middlesex and the highest ever by any Leicestershire pairing - as the visitors reached 475-5 in reply to 367.

Ackerman began the day on 33 not out with Leicestershire 184 for three and the opening hour gave no hint of the run glut to follow.

Middlesex took the new ball after 83 overs and Alan Richardson struck the first of two quick blows in the following over trapping Jim Allenby lbw for 10 with the score at 203.

When the Middlesex paceman struck again four overs later pinning James Taylor, also lbw, for three Middlesex would have entertained hopes of a first-innings lead.

However, once Cobb had survived a few hairy moments against Richardson and the new ball, the visitors dominated.

Ackerman became the fourth player this season to make 1,000 runs just after lunch when he reached 80, en route to his century from 188 balls with 12 fours.

Cobb's 50 arrived off 152 balls with six fours and went on to the hundred in 255 deliveries with a further five boundaries plus two sixes.

Day Two

Matthew Boyce led a Leicestershire fightback as they closed on 184-3 on the second day at Lord's, replying to Middlesex's score of 367 all out.

Boyce made 63 in an opening stand of 94 with Greg Smith, before the latter was caught at slip by Andrew Strauss.

Paul Nixon then made 37 in a partnership worth 75 with HD Ackerman for the third wicket. However, Leicestershire still have plenty of work to do on the third day.

Boyce made eight fours as he passed 500 runs for the season, before becoming the second of Murali Kartik's victims as he fell leg before wicket.

Leicestershire wrapped up the Middlesex innings just before lunch with Garnett Kruger and Claude Henderson sharing eight wickets.

Kruger, who had bowled an impressive spell with the second new ball on Wednesday, trapped Kartik leg before to finish with 4-95. Henderson meanwhile ended with figures of 4-85.

Day One

Ed Joyce hit his first championship hundred of the season as Middlesex reached 285 for six against Leicestershire at Lord's.

Middlesex's stand-in captain, deputising for the injured Ed Smith, hit 101 from 158 balls to frustrate the visitors.

England batsman Andrew Strauss also rediscovered his batting touch on a flat pitch after a lean series against South Africa, with 71.

The England opener was cruising after hitting 14 fours and looked set for a much needed hundred but he came down the wicket to Claude Henderson and chipped the ball to square leg to end a stand of 124 with Joyce for the second wicket.

With Owais Shah on one-day duty with England, Joyce took responsibility hitting 14 fours in his 19th first-class hundred.

But like Strauss, Joyce was out when looking in complete control when he nicked one from Kruger to Paul Nixon behind the stumps in the same over.

Nixon wound down the run rate by employing Henderson for a long spell from the Nursery End and he finished with figures of three for 64.

Match Details

20th Aug 2008
N G Cowley and R T Robinson

middlesex BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Strauss c Nixon b Henderson 38
Housego c du Preez 6
Joyce c Ackerman b Henderson 12
Morgan c Nixon b Henderson 27
Scott lbw b Henderson 0
Malan not out 61
Udal not out 28
Extras 11b, 2lb 13
Total 71.0 Overs 185 - 5
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
du Preez 12 6 25 1
Malik 11 3 19 0
Henderson 30 5 79 4
Kruger 9 3 20 0
Allenby 5 0 17 0
J.J. Cobb 3 1 8 0
Nixon 1 0 4 0
Full Bowling Card