Highlights & report: Gubbins century keeps Yorkshire at bay

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Gubbins hits sublime century for Middlesex

Nick Gubbins’ century left Championship leaders Middlesex’s game with second-placed Yorkshire finely poised.

Gubbins was dropped on 22 but reached his ton off 191 balls on day one at Lord’s after the hosts slumped to 97-4.

Pace bowler Jack Brooks (3-45) continued his fine form for Yorkshire, trapping Sam Robson and Nick Compton lbw before bowling Stevie Eskinazi.

Middlesex collected their first bonus point before bad light ended play at 208-5, with Gubbins still there on 120.

Victory over the White Rose county will hand Middlesex the title for the first time since 1993.

But third-placed Somerset are now just eight points behind after reaching 322-9 against relegated Nottinghamshire at Taunton and picking up three batting bonus points.

Under overcast skies in London, Yorkshire chose not to contest the toss and gave their four pace bowlers a chance to make early inroads.

Brooks claimed two quick scalps as Robson departed for a duck and Compton left a straight ball that jagged back in before David Willey bowled Dawid Malan via an inside edge to reduce the hosts to 57-3.

Despite the testing conditions, 22-year-old Gubbins remained assured at the crease – despite being put down at point by Azeem Rafiq – and was particularly strong on the off side as he rebuilt Middlesex’s innings.

He shared half-century stands with John Simpson and James Franklin and having grafted to reach 96, Gubbins opened his shoulders to pull Ryan Sidebottom over the square leg boundary for six to reach three figures.

Shortly after Yorkshire took the new ball, the teams were taken off as the light deteriorated with 14 overs lost.

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