County Championship: Dawid Malan hits highest first-class score as Middlesex & Derbyshire draw
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Pattonair County Ground, Derby (day four):|
|Derbyshire 557-6 dec & 178-6: Du Plooy 69*, Hosein 61; Sowter 3-89|
|Middlesex 520: Malan 199, Simpson 115; Du Plooy 2-42, Palladino 2-44|
|Derbyshire (12 pts) drew with Middlesex (9 pts)|
David Malan hit his highest first-class score but fell a run short of a maiden double century as Middlesex played out a predictable draw with Derbyshire.
The England batsman moved on from 177 overnight before giving a return catch to spinner Matt Critchley to end his 224-run stand with John Simpson (115).
Middlesex reached 520 and Derbyshire's 37-run lead looked slender as they slipped to 39-4 in the second innings.
But Leus du Plooy's unbeaten 69 and Harvey Hosein (61) ensured a draw.
Du Plooy took his match tally to 187 following his 118 in the first-innings.
Nathan Sowter was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 3-89, but there was never any serious threat of a win for either side and a draw was agreed just before 17:00 BST on day four.
Derbyshire head of cricket Dave Houghton told BBC Radio Derby:
"It was a good wicket but both sides realised a bit late in the game that spin could have played a bigger part. It's an English cultural thing.
"We don't know how to use and captain our spinners well enough, it's something we are working on and both sides here showed exactly that.
"We had a little wobble and the way Middlesex came back, there was only one side that could really lose from there and that was us.
"There was always likely to be a tricky period but a really good partnership between Harvey Hosein and Leus du Plooy got us through."
Middlesex head coach Stuart Law told BBC Radio London:
"It's the first time we've gone past 350 in the first innings of a Championship match. We've got to be doing that more often.
"Dawid Malan showed his class and John Simpson played the knock he's capable of.
"But, once again we are letting ourselves down in the field, even though our effort after day one really improved.
"If we're going to give ourselves a chance to win games we can't be getting 35 wickets. We need to be getting 20."