Rogers leads Middlesex to draw

Opener finishes 138 not out as Lancashire's victory hopes thwarted

Last Updated: 26/05/12 6:05pm

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Chris Rogers' first century of the season ensured Middlesex eased to a draw on the final day against Lancashire at Liverpool.

Rogers, standing in as captain of the four-day team whilst Neil Dexter attempts to regain form, finished unbeaten on 138 not out off 269 balls.

Sam Robson contributed 50 and Joe Denly struck an unbeaten 61 as Middlesex, on 29-0 overnight, reached 265-1 from 96 overs in the face of a token victory target of 429 when the players shook hands at 5pm.

This result - just the second championship draw at Liverpool in 14 matches - means that despite Lancashire's dominance in the contest, they are still without a win this season in seven matches.

Day Three

Middlesex closed day three of their LV= County Championship match with Lancashire on 29 with all 10 wickets in hand chasing a further 400 to clinch an unlikely win.

Ajmal Shahzad completed an impressive haul of 4-40 to wrap up Middlesex's first innings for 230 during the morning session, although the champions opted not to enforce the follow-on.

Neil Dexter top-scored with 47 for Middlesex and wicketkeeper John Simpson added 43 but the pair's sixth-wicket stand of 87 was broken when the former edged Glen Chapple behind to Gareth Cross in the 57th over.

Paul Horton hit 89 and Karl Brown 76, both off 114 balls, as Lancashire declared their second innings on 266-8 from 54 overs, leaving the visitors chasing 429 from a minimum of 110 overs.

Part-time leg-spinner Dawid Malan claimed a career best of 5-61, although four of those could be attributed to the Red Rose county's pursuit of quick runs - it was also the first five-wicket haul for a Middlesex bowler this season.

But Lancashire failed to take a wicket in the 14 overs before close as Chris Rogers and Sam Robson took their side's second innings to 29 without loss.

Day Two

Lancashire bowlers put them in a strong position on day two of their LV= County Championship match against Middlesex in Liverpool.

The visitors were reduced to 155-5 after Lancashire extended their first innings to 392 all out as they search for a first win of the campaign.

Kyle Hogg, Glen Chapple, Ajmal Shahzad and Simon Kerrigan all struck to reduce the visitors to 95-5 inside 29 overs on a slow pitch before Neil Dexter (33) and John Simpson (28) stopped the rot.

Lancashire's South African Ashwell Prince top-scored with 144, sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 90 with Luke Procter, but his departure sparked a vcollapse as Middlesex enjoyed their best spell of the match in the day's first two sessions.

The hosts lost their last six wickets for 71 runs having been 321-4 with Tim Murtagh and Ollie Rayner finishing with three wickets apiece.

Lancashire's innings faded after Prince edged Gareth Berg to first slip where Rayner completed a fine one-handed catch.

Day One

Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft starred with the bat as Lancashire gained the upper hand against Middlesex at Liverpool.

Prince and Croft shared a fourth-wicket stand of 176 inside 61 overs to help the struggling champions recover from 55-3 during the morning session to close on 276-4 from 96 overs.

Prince, who made his 32nd hundred in first-class cricket and his third in the Championship for Lancashire after spells in 2009 and 2010, finished the day unbeaten on 121 off 224 balls while Croft added 78 off 195.

Tim Murtagh, with 2-48 from 20 overs, Gareth Berg and a run-out accounted for the loss of three wickets for 19 runs in six overs as the Red Rose slipped from 36 without loss at the end of the 18th over.

Paul Horton was the first to go when he was run out by Joe Denly's direct hit at the striker's end from cover.

Karl Brown was caught behind by John Simpson off Murtagh in the next over before Stephen Moore fell to Berg's medium pace in the 24th.

Moore had a hand in Horton's run out and was dropped on 20 by Dawid Malan in the slips off Berg. But he did not survive a top-edged pull off Berg as Eoin Morgan completed the catch at long-leg.

Middlesex rarely threatened after their three-wicket burst until the last 45 minutes of play when Murtagh had Croft caught behind as he prodded forward to the first ball.

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