Ben Duckett picked up only his second ever First-Class wicket as Nottinghamshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Middlesex concluded in a draw on the final day at Trent Bridge.
Duckett removed centurion Sam Robson late in the afternoon session as the Green and Golds opted to rest their frontline bowlers, eventually employing all 11 members in their attack.
The Nottinghamshire number three's wicket would prove to be the only strike throughout the day as Mark Stoneman also reached three figures in Middlesex’s second innings total of 261/1, before the draw was agreed just before 5pm.
The result increases Notts’ advantage over the Seaxes at the summit of Division Two to 11 points with eight of the season’s 14 games now completed.
Having opted to enforce the follow-on yesterday with a first-innings advantage of 175, the hosts required ten wickets on the final day as they looked to force a result.
However, resuming on 63/0, openers Stoneman and Robson resisted the toil of seam trio Luke Fletcher, Dane Paterson and James Pattinson, alongside spinner Liam Patterson-White, throughout the morning.
The duo posted a century partnership before the latter reached his fifty on the stroke of lunch, which arrived with the visitors inching closer to parity.
The scores were levelled as the afternoon session saw overs delivered via Haseeb Hameed’s leg-spin and the medium pace of Joe Clarke and Duckett, while Robson brought up his ton in 247 deliveries.
A double-century stand between the openers was the next landmark to be reached, but Duckett then provided the defining moment of the day as he saw Robson feather behind to Tom Moores shortly before tea.
Moores became the 11th bowler of the innings by sending down the final over of the day once Stoneman, who went on to make 109*, had become Middlesex’s second centurion in the evening session.
There was time prior to that for Lyndon James to try his hand at spin, entertainingly switching from seam halfway through his over, before the handshakes took place with Stoneman and Stephen Eskinazi (19*) unbeaten.
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