Middlesex frustrated by rain
Rain hindered Middlesex’s efforts to secure all five batting bonus points on day three of their LV= County Championship Division One contest against Somerset at Lord’s.
Just 17.5 overs were possible before the weather intervened for the second and final time at 12:15pm, with the hosts on 364 for three in reply to Somerset’s 173 all out.
Resuming on 321 for two, Joe Denly and Dawid Malan added 10 singles in seven overs before Malan pulled the last ball of the day’s eighth over, bowled by Alfonso Thomas, for six.
Four overs later, Malan pulled Thomas again, this time for four, which prompted the Somerset captain to take the second new ball.
But Malan took Middlesex past the 350 mark by cutting Craig Overton to the fence at backward point.
Overton, operating from the Pavilion End, beat the outside edge on a couple of occasions and got one delivery to nip back sharply and hit Denly amidships.
The third over with the new ball saw Alex Barrow, who was stationed at short extra cover, save a certain four off Denly.
But later in the same over, Malan brought up his fifty, off 68 balls, with his ninth four - a steer through extra-cover off Thomas.
Barrow and Overton then combined when Malan was caught at deep square-leg for 51, bringing the curtain down on a third-wicket stand of 74 in 21 overs.
Following a brief interruption for rain, the players returned for 12 more deliveries, during which time Eoin Morgan moved his score along to two. Denly, his partner, was still there with an unbeaten 116 off 219 balls.