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Damp day forces dull draw

Middlesex 311 for 5 (Morgan 109*, Malan 67) drew with South Africans 359 for 4 (Amla 161, Prince 114)
Scorecard

The forecast for the third and final day's play at Uxbridge wasn't encouraging and, true to form, the cold English rain settled in and hovered over the ground long enough for the umpires to call off play at 1pm. Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, wasn't too disappointed that his side missed out on one last shot at acclimatising themselves before the Test series gets underway at Lord's on Thursday, and both teams settled for a draw.

A light drizzle delayed the 11am start and, after a brief let-up, the umpires decided on 1pm resumption. With 45 minutes to countdown the rain returned and refused to leave. A few brave spectators sat it out in the bleachers under umbrellas and raincoats until the match was called off, and slowly made their way out of the ground.

South Africa will take positives from the hundreds from Hashim Amla and Ashwell Prince, though another expensive outing from Paul Harris, the left-arm spinner, wouldn't have been too encouraging. For a depleted Middlesex, Eoin Morgan's sparkling unbeaten century was the brightest part of an otherwise average outing.

The first of four Tests starts at Lord's on July 11.

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    Buoyed by South Africa's recent success in Pakistan and India, Mickey Arthur, their coach, believes he has a side that knows the demands of touring

  • Damp day forces dull draw

    The forecast for the third and final day's play at Uxbridge wasn't encouraging and, true to form, the cold English rain settled in and hovered over the ground long enough for the umpires to call off play

  • Malan and Morgan motivate Middlesex

    An irritating malaise swept that threatened to do Middlesex in cheaply was stemmed by two contrasting innings on day two against the South Africans at Uxbridge

  • Prince backs Smith to come good

    South Africa are buoyant with less than a week before the first Test at Lord's, make no mistake, despite the fact that their captain is the only one without any real form going into the first of four games this summer

  • Amla and Prince punish Middlesex

    At Taunton earlier this week Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis punished Somerset with first-day hundreds; today it was Amla and Ashwell Prince who hurt Middlesex at Uxbridge

Middlesex 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st52AJ StraussBA Godleman
2nd28BA GodlemanDJ Malan
3rd46EC JoyceDJ Malan
4th94EJG MorganDJ Malan
5th89NRD ComptonEJG Morgan
6th2BJM ScottEJG Morgan