Dawid Malan puts Middlesex in control

LV= County Championship Division Two, Lord's
Close of play, day two: Derbyshire 252 v Middlesex 397-9
Middlesex 3pts, Derbyshire 2pts
Match scorecard
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Dawid Malan scored a career-best 143 to move Middlesex into the driving seat at Lord's against Derbyshire.

He batted for more than five hours to help the hosts to 397-9, a lead of 145, with one first-innings wicket left.

Derbyshire used eight bowlers, with Greg Smith and Jonathan Clare taking three wickets each, and Malan being caught out from Clare Long's ball.

Malan featured in useful stands with Sam Robson (94) and Tim Murtagh (19) after opener Scott Newman went for 59.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"Middlesex batted patiently led by another stand-out innings from Sam Robson. The Australian-born opener has been the rock upon which his side have built in recent matches.

"Dawid Malan also returned to form, having only managed a top score of 45 in the Championship this season previously. He survived a huge shout for lbw while on 99 but cashed in to also bring up a new first-class best.

"Spin has played a major part of the match so far and is set to become more prominent as the pitch is already into its third day despite only two days of the match being completed."

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