Glos-Middx game fades to draw in bad light at Bristol
|LV County Championship Division Two, Bristol|
|Gloucestershire 358 & 347 drew with Middlesex 406 &123-4|
|Middlesex 11pts, Gloucestershire 10pts|
The weather had the final word at Bristol as leaders Middlesex avoided defeat against Gloucestershire to stay clear at the top of Division Two.
After Gloucestershire were bowled out for 347, Will Gidman making 93 and Chris Taylor 60, Middlesex were set an unlikely 300 to win.
But bad light finally intevened with the visitors well short on 123-4.
Dan Housego hit 45 and Dawid Malan 39, while former England paceman Jon Lewis took three wickets.
Earlier, Hamish Marshall, who had retired hurt on Friday with a fractured right thumb, returned to the crease as last man to help prolong Gloucestershire's innings.
Liam Norwell managed to keep Marshall off strike, pulling two boundaries through midwicket before he was bowled having a big swing at a delivery from Corey Collymore, who finished with 4-57.
Gloucestershire drop to third after failing to win the battle of the top two, having been replaced in second by Northants, who beat Kent at Canterbury.
Gloucestershire will now try to reclaim second place when they meet Northants at Nevil Road next week, starting on Wednesday.
Kevin Hand from BBC Radio London 94.9:
"Middlesex will rue missed opportunities with the ball, having had Gloucestershire in real trouble in both innings.
"But the defiance of Chris Taylor and Will Gidman with the bat was the deciding factor. Were it not for their runs, Middlesex could have secured a comfortable win.
"The pitch was more reliable on the final day, but troubled Middlesex later, especially Dawid Malan, bowled by a ball that rolled from just short of a length."