Middlesex reliant on Rogers century

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Jon Lewis starred with the bat before claiming the prized wicket of Andrew Strauss with the ball as Gloucestershire dominated day three

Chris Rogers hit an unbeaten century as Middlesex attempted to avoid the follow-on in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Gloucestershire at Uxbridge.

Rogers, capped once by Australia, hit 125 not out as Middlesex, replying to Gloucestershire’s imposing 459 for nine declared, struggled to 283 for seven – still 27 runs away from making the visitors bat again.

Jon Lewis had earlier reached his 13th first-class fifty and gone on to a career-best 71, beating his previous highest score of 62 made against Worcestershire at Cheltenham 12 years ago.

He had joined Ian Cockbain in an eighth-wicket stand of 97 which ended when Cockbain was caught behind off Corey Collymore for 127, scored off 233 balls and containing 16 fours and a six.

Collymore also spread-eagled Lewis’ stumps but not before he had struck his swashbuckling 71 off 79 balls with six fours and three sixes.

In reply, Middlesex were reduced to four for one when England Test captain Andrew Strauss was trapped leg before by Lewis for two.

However, there was to be no more joy for Lewis as Rogers, whose innings featured 15 fours and two sixes in 230 balls, shared successive partnerships of 71, 50 and 86 with Sam Robson, Scott Newman and Neil Dexter.

But Middlesex ran into trouble after all three of them got out to poor shots.

Robson was caught behind for 38, carving at a short ball from Ian Saxelby, Newman made 23 before he slapped Jack Taylor to mid-off and Dexter added 41 until he pulled Saxelby to deep square leg.

Three more wickets went down for seven runs in 19 balls late on, but Tim Murtagh held out with Rogers until the close.

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