Andrew Strauss finds form ahead of England's first Test

County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 423 & 174-7 dec drew with Middlesex 300-9 dec & 87-0

Notts 11pts, Middlesex 8pts

Match scorecard

Andrew Strauss returned to some form as Middlesex and Nottinghamshire's encounter petered out into a draw.

Strauss, who will captain England in their first Test with the West Indies at Lord's on Thursday, hit 43 not out as Middlesex finished the game on 87-0.

Earlier, Notts declared on 174-7, with Steven Mullaney making 73, setting Middlesex 298 to win from 51 overs.

Michael Lumb, who made 162 in the first innings, added 55, while Ollie Rayner took 4-67 and Steven Finn 3-47.

Notts move seven points clear at the top of the Division One table, but have played two more games than second-placed Warwickshire.

Middlesex made no attempt to chase their target as Strauss enjoyed some valuable time in the middle, facing 113 balls and hitting seven fours.

He was dropped by a diving Chris Read in front of first slip off England team-mate Stuart Broad on 26 but otherwise batted without alarm, while Graeme Swann bowled accurately for Notts but with little threat.


BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"An honourable draw with the surface emerging as the winner.

"Some outstanding individual performances, notably Lumb and Mullaney for Notts and Ollie Rayner for the visitors.

"Notts, incredibly, have now played a third of their season and go top after six matches, although Warwickshire have a couple of games in hand."