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Middlesex complete great escape against Surrey

Chris Rogers made a double-ton
Chris Rogers made a double-ton

Chris Rogers made a double century as Middlesex comfortably played out a draw against local rivals Surrey on the final day at Lord's.

Rogers, who alongside Sam Robson had compiled a Middlesex record opening stand against Surrey on day three, made 214 as the hosts comfortably reached a position of safety before declaring in the second session.

Surrey lost the early wicket of first-innings centurion Rory Burns but had few worries making the match safe, with Graeme Smith finishing on 48 not out and Arun Harinath 20. The captains shook hands with the score on 85/1.

The day started with Middlesex needing to bat solidly to secure a draw or even set up an unlikely win, but Surrey made a good start when Jade Dernbach removed the nightwatchman Steven Finn.

Dawid Malan joined his captain Rogers though, and their partnership of 130 took the game well and truly beyond the reach of Surrey.

Rogers in particular looked in magnificent form, celebrating his call-up to the Australia Ashes squad with a flourish as he began to sense a victory push.

Chris Tremlett finally removed Malan and the England fast bowler completed a poor return to the four-day team for Ireland international Paul Stirling who became Tremlett's second victim, scoring just one to add to a first innings golden duck.

With the game now safe, John Simpson and the club captain Neil Dexter enjoyed themselves - particularly against the part-time off-spin of Vikram Solanki whose three overs went for 34 as the Panthers sped towards a declaration on 514/8.

A target of 343 was always beyond Surrey but Middlesex's seamers - fresh from bowling Derbyshire out for 60 two weeks ago - might have fancied their chances.

But this was an alltogether different situation on a good batting track and in pleasant conditions, and the inevitable conclusion was reached after 25 overs of the Surrey chase.

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