Head Coach Peter Moores praised his Nottinghamshire side for playing on their terms at Lord’s in spite of rain preventing a final-day push for victory.

The visitors teed up their charge by setting Middlesex 515 to win at tea on day three, and had the hosts three down before close of play.

However, Sam Robson scored an unbeaten hundred as the home side successfully navigated the 21.2 overs of play possible on the fourth day.

“You always want to play the perfect game, and for three days we played brilliantly,” Moores said.

“What we have done here – very similar to the game against Worcester – was play our style of cricket, which is to bat aggressively, look to score at a good rate and put the opposition under pressure and, in the field, bowl with aggression, so that was really pleasing to see.

“Credit to Robson, I thought he scored a really good hundred but we will take a lot from this game. We played the style of cricket we want to play. If we play like that, we will win a lot of games.”

On day two, Nottinghamshire bowled Middlesex out for 195 having posted 415 in the first innings.

Having chosen not to enforce the follow on, Steven Mullaney scored Notts’ fastest-ever County Championship ton to leave his side four sessions to dismiss the hosts.

The decision to bat again drew no regret from Moores, who was keen to see his bowlers rested and the Middlesex attack put through their paces once more.

“I think it was the right decision – Jimmy Pattinson had led the attack in that innings and he had 17 overs under him,” the Head Coach said.

“It felt like the right time to be able to score quickly to leave us four sessions to bowl them out.

“We thought it was right call, these things happen, there isn’t much we can do now. We just have to move forward and get ready for the next game.”

The draw means Nottinghamshire leapfrog Durham and Glamorgan – whose games finished early – into second position, five points behind Middlesex.

Moores believes there is a lot to build on from the Green and Golds’ away trip to London, not least the form displayed by the squad as a whole.

Plus, the visit of Derbyshire provides motivation enough.

“We’ll take with us the form that the players are in and the strong team spirit we have at the moment – we are playing good stuff,” he said.

“It’s a local derby up next, we have had some great games with them over the last few years so we are looking forward to it.

“The lads have had a bit more of a rest with a rain, and we’ll come back hard ready to go for that final County Championship game of the block.”


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