County Championship: James Harris stars in Middlesex win

James Harris
James Harris joined Middlesex from Glamorgan at the end of the 2012 season
LV= County Championship Division One, Lord's
Middlesex 234 & 331: Malan 120 not out, Robson 77; Magoffin 5-73
Sussex 300 & 245: Brown 68, Nash 66; Harris 4-57
Middlesex won by 20 runs
Middlesex 19 pts, Sussex 6 pts
Match scorecard

James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones starred with the ball as Middlesex beat Sussex by 20 runs at Lord's.

Steve Magoffin (5-73) took the final two Middlesex wickets quickly in the morning as they were bowled out for 331 - setting a target of 266.

Harris (4-57) ripped through Sussex's top order before Chris Nash (66) and Ben Brown guided them to 163-5.

But once Roland-Jones (3-78) removed Nash, the visitors fell to 245 all out with Brown last man to go for 68.

Sussex wicketkeeper Brown put on 30 with last man Chris Liddle to take his side close to a remarkable victory, but was caught by home skipper James Franklin off Tim Murtagh.

James Harris' golden summer
The 25-year-old has taken 58 Championship wickets with best figures of 9-34 against Durham in May

Earlier, Welsh seamer Harris had reduced the visitors to 44-3 and wickets continued to tumble throughout the afternoon as Middlesex looked like wrapping up a comfortable win.

But Brown, who struck 11 boundaries in his 129-ball knock, and Liddle batted for more than half an hour before Brown holed out to deep square leg.

Middlesex move up to second in the Division One table, 37 points behind Yorkshire.

Sussex are in eighth and two points adrift of seventh-placed Worcestershire.

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