Rogers doubles up in stalemate
Chris Rogers took his score on to a monumental 214 before Middlesex’s match with Surrey petered out into a draw at Lord’s.
Rogers added 83 from just 67 balls to his overnight 131 as the hosts, who followed on 172 behind, progressed to 514 for eight - a lead of 342.
With only 48 overs remaining, Surrey were never likely to make a realistic push for victory; they made it to 85 for one from 25 overs on the back of 48 not out from Graeme Smith before the captains shook hands.
The draw keeps Middlesex on the heels of Division One leaders Durham and leaves Surrey still looking for their first win of the campaign.
The second new ball was only five overs old when Middlesex began the final day at 283 for two. After nightwatchman Steven Finn edged Jade Dernbach to third slip, Rogers and Dawid Malan had few problems in putting on 130 in 22 overs.
Rogers, normally a neat, methodical accumulator of runs, was at his most expansive, cutting, driving and pulling Tim Linley and Zander de Bruyn into the stands until he was bowled trying to sweep off-spinner Gareth Batty. In a stay spanning more than seven hours, Rogers faced 307 balls and hit 20 fours and two sixes.
He had almost batted Surrey out of the game but they were still in with a chance when Chris Tremlett had Malan caught at mid-on, for 47, and Paul Stirling held in the gully in successive overs to leave Middlesex 252 ahead with four wickets left.
It was not long, however, before the part-time bowlers were on in a bid to hasten the declaration and Neil Dexter and John Simpson had helped themselves to 90 in 18 overs before the former swung Rory Burns to midwicket to give the opening batsman his maiden first-class wicket.
Arun Harinath also picked up his first wicket, Toby Roland-Jones holing out to deep midwicket, before Rogers finally declared, leaving Smith, the Surrey captain, with little option other than to settle for batting practice after averaging only 18 in his first four championship innings.