Middlesex v Somerset: Nick Compton secures draw for visitors

Nick Compton
Compton has now passed 50 five times this season, but only once gone on to reach three figures
LV= County Championship Division One, Uxbridge
Middlesex 338 & 315-5 drew with Somerset 264-9 dec & 203-4
Middlesex 11pts Somerset 10pts
Match scorecard

Nick Compton struck an unbeaten 83 to secure Somerset a draw against Middlesex at Uxbridge.

The visitors had declared their first innings 74 runs behind to try to force a positive result on the third evening, but Middlesex always looked in control.

Nick Gubbins (95), Eoin Morgan (62) and Paul Stirling (60 not out) took them to 315-5 declared, leaving Somerset an unlikely target of 390 off 72 overs.

Compton and James Hildreth (60) helped them to 203-4 when a halt was called.

The pair shared 93 for the fourth wicket after Chris Jones and Alviro Petersen had fallen in quick succession to leave the away side wobbling at 61-3.

But Compton, who hit 94 in the first innings, remained particularly unflustered, hitting 10 fours in his 136-ball innings.

Gubbins had also looked in fine form earlier in the day, striking 11 fours and two sixes on his way to 95 before a bad mix-up saw the 20-year-old run out five short of a maiden first-class century.

The draw keeps both sides in the title race, with Somerset third, 18 points behind leaders Yorkshire, with Middlesex a further two points behind in fourth with five games to play.

BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:

"In mid-afternoon, with Nick Compton and James Hildreth in full flight, there was just a suggestion that Somerset might have a crack at the unlikely target of 390 in 72 overs that they had been set by an evidently risk-averse Middlesex captain Chris Rogers.

"But that disappeared when Hildreth was caught on the boundary for a typically fluent 60, leaving Nick Compton and Alex Barrow to see Somerset through to the draw which had always seemed the likeliest outcome.

"Overall, it was a curate's egg of a performance by Somerset - good in parts, distinctly whiffy in others - and they'll not be too displeased to have come away with a draw."