Chris Rogers ton saves Middlesex against Gloucestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Uxbridge

Close of play, day three: Gloucestershire 459-9 dec, Middlesex 283-7

Gloucestershire 7pts, Middlesex 4pts

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Chris Rogers hit an unbeaten century to help Middlesex move to within 27 of avoiding the follow-on against Gloucestershire at Uxbridge.

After rain ruined day two, the visitors batted on and declared on 459-9 after Jon Lewis hit a career-best 71.

Lewis then trapped England Test captain Andrew Strauss lbw for only 2 before Rogers took over, hitting two sixes and 15 fours in his 125 not out.

His effort helped Middlesex reach the close on 283-7.

Neil Dexter (41) and Sam Robson (38) provided the main support to Rogers, who came to the wicket after Strauss was dismissed by a delivery that swung into him.

It continued Strauss' poor run of form with the bat, which has now seen him score 20, 4, 0, 3 and 2 in his last five innings ahead of the Test series against India.

He now only has one more match to regain his touch before the series starts - when he will make a guest appearance for Somerset against the tourists.

Earlier, Lewis has reached his 13th first-class half-century and beat his previous best score of 62, which he made against Worcestershire at Cheltenham 12 years ago, while helping Ian Cockbain, who was eventually out for 127, add 97 for the eighth wicket.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"Chris Rogers was at his masterful best to deny Gloucestershire but it'll be a nervy morning tomorrow as Middlesex still need 27 runs to avoid the follow-on against a ball that it only four overs old.

"Jack Taylor looked threatening with his off-break bowling as he found some rough to the left handers and he may play a big part if Middlesex are forced to follow-on.

"Andrew Strauss was probably the most rueful of all the players when Middlesex lost the toss, which is looking crucial, and there was almost an inevitability about his early dismissal having waited through a day of rain to finally get the chance to bat."