Malan saves Middlesex with best-ever ton

Close, day one: Middlesex 312-7 v Nottinghamshire

Dawid Malan made a career-best 159 not out and shared in an unbroken stand of 147 with James Harris to rescue Middlesex from a dire position at Trent Bridge.

The pair came together at just before tea, with the visitors teetering on 165-7 after Nottinghamshire had made the most of helpful bowling conditions.

Sam Robson and Joe Burns fell inside the first 35 minutes and Nick Compton also departed in the morning to leave Middlesex on 88-3 at lunch.

Malan, in at four, watched Eoin Morgan, James Franklin and John Simpson all fall cheaply as the score collapsed from 105-3 to 132-6.

Before tea, just after Ollie Rayner’s dismissal had given the Middlesex card a bleak appearance, Malan completed his first Championship century in a year.

Not only did he and Harris then bat until the second new ball was due, they took their partnership beyond 100 and the fast bowler reached 50 for the second time in three matches.

A short rain delay failed to disrupt their rhythm and they dug in to survive until stumps, with Malan surpassing his previous best of 154 not out made last summer against Northamptonshire.

Harris closed on 68 not out, his highest Middlesex score, but needs another 19 to match his best first-class innings, ironically made against Notts while playing for Glamorgan in 2007.

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