Cricket: Harris hoping Middlesex can bat well on last day
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Middlesex all-rounder James Harris is hoping his side can do enough to avoid defeat against Lancashire in their County Championship Division Two contest at Lord’s.
The home side closed the third day on 68-2 in reply to Lancashire’s 427, leaving them 94 runs behind with eight second-innings wickets in hand.
Centuries from Haseeb Hameed and Rob Jones put the visitors on top, before Middlesex lost Nick Gubbins without scoring and Steve Eskinazi just before stumps.
Harris joined Sam Robson at the crease for the final few deliveries of the day and said: “The pitch didn’t offer a huge amount for us, the ball didn’t necessarily swing and it was quite cold, so they made us get a lot of overs in our legs and work really hard.
“It was a shame to lose Eski at the end, he and Sam had a great partnership going there but we’ll work hard with the bat and battle.
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“I’ve been doing my best to try and get up the order, so if this is the way it works out (as night-watchman), I’ll take it!
“I’ve got a job to do in the morning, as has everybody else – hopefully we can make it hard work for them.
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“It’ll be a great effort if we can bat well. We did it last week and making ourselves hard to beat is something we built our success on in the past.”