Lancashire 413 (Vilas 124, Wells 97, Bell 91, Yadav 5-131) drew with Middlesex 194 (Robson 86, Baily 3-38) and 160 for 3 (Davies 65*, Eskinazi 26*)
After three days by which they’d been outplayed by Lancashire, Middlesex’s batters comfortably secured the draw that sustains their hopes of avoiding relegation from Division One of many LV= Insurance coverage County Championship.
The one disappointing dismissal from the house perspective was that of George Bell, who was stumped by Simpson off Jayant for a career-best 91, 9 in need of what would have been his maiden first-class century. In any other case, the accent was on Lancashire scoring fast runs previous to a declaration and Middlesex selecting up two extra bowling bonus factors to assist their battle towards relegation.
Left with a first-innings deficit of 219 and 50 minutes to bat earlier than lunch, Middlesex misplaced Sam Robson within the fifth over of their second innings when the opener failed to deal with Tom Bailey’s bounce and edged a waist-high catch to Will Williams at third slip. Undaunted, Mark Stoneman and Joe Cracknell took their facet safely to the primary interval.
Inside an hour of the resumption, nonetheless, each batters had been dismissed in virtually an identical style – lbw on the entrance foot to the left-arm spin Tom Hartley – although the left-handed Stoneman might have had extra of a case that the ball which dismissed him for 17 struck his pad outdoors the road of the off stump, a defence that might not be supplied for Cracknell, who made 33 in 93 minutes.
The response of Davies and Eskinazi to reverses that left their facet on 71 for 3 was to calmly reset the innings and take Middlesex to 105 for 3 at tea. Lancashire made restricted use of Luke Wells’ leg-spin and even gave Bailey an over of off-spin earlier than the interval however to no avail.
The cricket after tea was essentially the most desultory of the match. Davies and Eskinazi batted in fully untroubled style and it was no shock when the gamers shook fingers on the earliest alternative.