County Championship: Dawid Malan hits century against Notts

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan's century was the 13th of his first-class career
LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (close, day one)
Middlesex 312-7: Malan 159no, Harris 68no, Gurney 2-65, Wood 2-65
Nottinghamshire: Yet to bat
Middlesex 3 pts, Nottinghamshire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Dawid Malan marked only his third Championship appearance of the summer with a career-best century to rescue Middlesex on day one against Notts.

Malan hit 24 fours in his 159 not out and shared an unbroken partnership of 147 either side of a rain delay with James Harris, who was on 66 at stumps.

Injury-hit Nottinghamshire did well until the pair came together in mid-afternoon with the score on 165-7.

Luke Wood and Harry Gurney, both 2-65, were the pick of the bowlers.

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Notts had to revamp their seam attack with Andy Carter, Luke Fletcher and Ben Hilfenhaus unavailable because of injuries, and England batsman James Taylor was also absent.

Despite that, Wood bowled Joe Burns in the third over and no batsman managed to reach 20 until Malan and Harris joined forces.

England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan had a let-off when he was caught in the slips off a Gurney no-ball, but it did not cost Notts dear as he soon edged Wood to wicketkeeper Chris Read and departed for 15.

Malan's only let-off came before lunch when he gave Samit Patel a sharp chance at point, but he went on to bring up his hundred off 143 balls with a boundary through the covers.

And following the weather interruption he surpassed his previous best of 156 not out against Cambridge MCCU in 2013 shortly before the close.

Nottinghamshire assistant coach Wayne Noon:

"We took seven wickets, there were four dropped catches and a wicket off a no-ball, so we have created 12 opportunities on a wicket that has got better as the day has gone on.

"We thought it would get better, but we didn't think it would get as good as this on day one.

"I thought at 165-7 we were well on top. The guys had stuck to our plans and bowled very well and as I say, we created enough chances for them to be all out."

Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan:

"That's as well as I've played for a while, and it was nice to do it when the team was in trouble and not just on a flat wicket you can cash in on.

"It's nice for me when my back's up against the wall and I have to get my way out of it - I enjoy those situations, I don't like it when it's pretty easy, I struggle to get myself switched on.

"It's been frustrating (with injuries) and then when I was fit, not being selected, so it's been a tough year and it's nice to keep hitting them well and contribute to the team."

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