|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Pattonair County Ground, Derby (day three):|
|Derbyshire 557-6 dec: Du Plooy 118, Godleman 102, Hudson-Prentice 99, Reece 96, Dal 92|
|Middlesex 436-6: Malan 177*, Simpson 91*; Reece 2-82|
|Middlesex (4 pts) trail Derbyshire (7 pts) by 121 runs|
Dawid Malan scored an unbeaten 177 as Middlesex successfully avoided the follow-on and edged their Division Two game against Derbyshire towards a draw.
Malan was on 39 overnight as Middlesex replied to 557-6 and he batted all day to guide his side to 436-6 at stumps.
The England batsman, who last played a Test in August 2018, hit 19 fours in his 344-ball innings, which has lasted three minutes shy of eight hours.
Malan’s main support came from John Simpson, who finished unbeaten on 91.
Middlesex had looked in a little bit of danger when nightwatchman Steven Finn was the first man out, bowled by Logan van Beek to leave them on 159-4.
But although Max Holden (10) and George Scott (23) did not hang around long, Malan and Simpson put on 185.