Hammond

Gloucestershire 296 and 251 for 8 dec (Hammond 123 *) drew with Middlesex 242 (Malan 62, Charlesworth 3-25) and 111 for 5
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Young Gloucestershire Starter Miles Hammond recorded his second-best 100 of the season as the Specsavers County Championship game against Middlesex ended in a draw at Bristol.

Making only his eighth appearance in red-ball cricket, the 22-year-old left batter batted for four and a half hours by raising the best personal record of his career, not out of the 268 balls, before Gloucestershire will declare its second possibility in 251-8.

Required to score a notional 306 of a minimum of 40 overs for victory Middlesex gave up all hopes of pursuing after being reduced to 29-4, finally coming to the close with 111-5.

Gloucestershire earned nine points to consolidate fifth place in Division Two, while Middlesex accumulated eight, a return that almost ended their interest in the promotion race.

S until he was in a precarious position when resuming at 87-4, Gloucestershire showed no interest in risking defeat through a sporting statement. It became clear that no agreement had been reached between the two captains when Middlesex took the second new ball in an attempt to knock down the hosts after lunch, at which time a small audience dwindled further.

That will not affect Hammond, however, who followed her maiden-to-Sussex century at the Cheltenham Festival in July, with other mature entries of substance.

Attempt at little more than survival to begin with, its 50 balls occupied 134, after which it was claimed. Especially effective wicket square, moved to three figures through another 94 deliveries, taking that milestone by leading Fuller to the tables for his fourteenth. Jack Taylor made him company during the morning session, contributing 43 in a revitalizing 94th place for the fifth wicket before beating Tim Murtagh shortly before lunch.

Fuller ran out of Ryan Higgins for 23 and represented Craig Miles, trailing behind nine, while Ben Charlesworth jumped Dawid Malan to the additional coverage of 10 after Middlesex had taken the new ball in an attempt to force the question. But visitors could not get past stubborn Hammond.

Driven by three consecutive victories, Middlesex was tough in its second chance, only to lose ground quickly. Paul Stirling was overtaken by James Bracey in the first inning, Malan shot from the middle of the field, Nick Gubbins was caught by Miles and Eoin Morgan was placed in the middle to become the second victim of David Payne.

Higgins represented Fuller lbw for 16, but Sam Robson and Steve Eskinazi stood their ground, finishing undefeated at 41 and 20 respectively to reject Gloucestershire.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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