Middlesex v Sussex: Chris Rogers misses out on another century
|County Championship Division One, Lord's|
|Close, day three: Sussex 283 & 34-1, Middlesex 491|
|Middlesex 7pts, Sussex 4pts|
Middlesex's Chris Rogers narrowly missed out on consecutive Championship centuries as his team built a large advantage on day three against Sussex.
Rogers, who scored 138 not out against Lancashire last week, resumed on 93 but was dismissed lbw to Luke Wright on 98.
Middlesex began the day on 229-3 and Rogers, Eoin Morgan (71), Ollie Rayner (69), Toby Roland-Jones (52) and Gareth Berg (45) helped the hosts score 491.
Sussex reached 34-1 before bad light brought an early end to the day's play.
The visitors still need a further 174 to avoid an innings defeat with nine wickets remaining after Ed Joyce (8) was caught by Berg off the bowling of Steven Finn.
Earlier in the day, Morgan, who was unbeaten on 52 at the start of Friday's play, added 19 runs before he was caught behind by Ben Brown off Steve Magoffin's bowling.
Brown later stumped Berg and held on to a nick from Tim Murtagh (13), although Sussex were then frustrated by a stand of 76 between Rayner and Roland-Jones for the ninth wicket.
Both men fell to Chris Nash, who was the pick of the Sussex bowlers taking 3-45, with two wickets apiece for Magoffin and James Anyon.
VIEWS FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC London 94.9 commentator Kevin Hand:
"It was an outstanding day for Middlesex at Lord's as they batted themselves into an unassailable position.
"There was no stand out individual score, although Chris Rogers was unlucky to fall two short of back-to-back Championship centuries.
"Equally, there were partnerships throughout as a team effort pushed Middlesex to a daunting total in the match.
"At 34-1 and trailing by 174 runs, Sussex have a massive task ahead of them on the final day to save the game.
"After five batsmen brought up half-centuries in their first innings, Middlesex will expect a similar team effort from their bowlers to secure a third win of the season.
"The pitch has plenty in it for batsmen and bowlers, but making the most of the new ball appears crucial for the quicks.
"Sussex will cling to the hope that a solid start may set them up to defy the hosts."