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Middlesex escape with a draw

Rain prevented any play on the final day at Durham
Rain prevented any play on the final day at Durham

Rain has helped Middlesex escape from their LV= County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street with a draw.

Full scorecard (ESPNcricinfo)

On the back foot for the majority of the match, and going into the final day 148 runs behind following-on, no play was possible on Wednesday meaning Middlesex were able to save the draw, as they finished on 90/2 in their second innings, and move back to the head of Division One.

While the visitors will have been relieved to have avoided defeat, the result would be one of immense frustration for Durham, who were denied what could have been their first win of the season.

In the seven games played this year, Durham have now lost 618 overs to rain, and last year's County Champions are yet to record their first win of the season, with six draws and a defeats coming from their opening fixtures.

The nine points picked up by Middlesex in this match sees them move back ahead of Yorkshire at the top of the table, though the White Rose county do have a game in hand.

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