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Wright denies Middlesex victory

Wright denies Middlesex victory

A determined 187 from Luke Wright helped Sussex secure an unlikely draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex at Lord's.

Following on Ed Joyce's men posted a second innings total of 454, setting Chris Rogers' outfit 178 to win from the remaining 20 overs of the final session of the match.

The captain's called it a day when the home side were reduced to 50/3 from the first eight overs.

A move that surprised many around the ground.

It was Wright who was the star of the show, the 28-year-old coming to the crease on Friday afternoon with the score at 123/4 and Sussex staring down the barrel of defeat.

The talented allrounder showed his class as he put on 159 for the fifth wicket with Joyce to frustrate Middlesex.

Joyce departed two runs shy of his century on 98 when he was caught by Ollie Rayner off the bowling of Tim Murtagh.

At 282/5 there was still plenty of work to do to save the game and Wright demonstrated why Sussex are top of the Championship with their 'never-say-die' attitude.

Wright would have been disappointed to get stumped off the bowling of Joe Denly as he charged the part-time spinner; the match situation didn't require the shot. But only the sternest would have begrudged him following his knock.

When Steve Magoffin was dismissed to bring Sussex's second innings to a close Middlesex flirted with a dramatic run chase, but it wasn't to be as time, and Wright's combativeness, had got the better of them.

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