Strauss/Rogers tons in vain as Glamorgan near victory
|LV County Championship Division Two, Lord's|
|Close of play, day three: Middlesex 150 and 293-6, Glamorgan 522|
|Glam 8pts, Middlesex 1pt|
England skipper Andrew Strauss and Australian Chris Rogers hit centuries as Middlesex defied Glamorgan's hopes of victory inside three days at Lord's.
Strauss hit a fluent 103 but was then run out in a mix-up with Rogers.
The much-travelled Aussie left-hander then did his best to make amends, making a fighting 125 in over five hours at the crease.
After ending the day on 293-6, replying to Glamorgan's 522, Middlesex remain close to defeat, trailing by 79 runs.
Former Glamorgan skipper Jamie Dalrymple, who walked out of Sophia Gardens last November after being stripped of the captaincy, helped Rogers' show of resistance in a fifth-wicket stand of 60. But both fell in the last half-hour to the impressive James Harris.
Glamorgan, resuming on 517-8, added just five more but their 522 all out, which earned a first-innings lead of 372, was still their highest first-class total at Lord's.
Harris then sent back Scott Newman in just his second over with the new ball, before Strauss and Rogers frustrated Glamorgan for three hours in a second-wicket partnership worth 173 in 46 overs.
They looked fully in command and it came as a major surprise when Strauss was run out by Graham Wagg's throw from mid-wicket, setting off for a short single from the non-striker's end. only to be sent back by Rogers.
Dean Cosker then had Dawid Malan caught at the wicket and Glamorgan sensed victory when Neil Dexter edged a loose drive at Owen and was also caught behind.
But then Rogers and Dalrymple, who decided to reverse an initial decision to retire from first-class cricket by rejoining Middlesex over the winter, came together to boost home hopes of survival.
Rogers was caught when Cosker, at third slip, parried the ball for Alviro Petersen to complete the catch at first slip. And Dalrymple followed when Harris trapped his old skipper plumb - and Glamorgan will now expect to wrap up a deserved win early on the final day.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARIES
BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:
"A magnificent effort to try to save the game for Middlesex, but Andrew Strauss appeared to lose concentration as he nicked his first delivery after bringing up his century between the keeper and slip for a single, then ran himself out before facing another ball.
"His dismissal came just before tea and left the pressure on Chris Rogers to try and carry his innings into the final day but, having been dropped for the third time moments earlier, the Australian was out chasing a wide one just before the close.
"Middlesex will now be desperate for the forecast rain for the final day otherwise they will need their final four wickets to take them into the evening session if they're to save the game.
BBC Wales cricket correspondent Edward Bevan:
"With Middlesex 283-4, with four overs remaining, and Chris Rogers and Jamie Dalrymple having put on 60, the home side would have been preparing to resume on Sunday morning.
"But then James Harris removed Rogers for 125, and with his next ball, trapped former Glamorgan captain Dalrymple for 28.
"Glamorgan are clear favourites to win, with Middlesex still 79 runs adrift. Only the weather can surely deny Glamorgan their third County Championship success of the season."