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Tim Wigmore at Middlesex 199-1 v Somerset
Cricket is such a perverse game sometimes. Having made 99, Sam Robson’s thought will only be on the one run he didn’t make. It would have been enough to bring up his fourth consecutive century at Lord’s and - we think - made history in the process.
Thanks to Jack Leach, that’s not to be. After taking 32 balls to navigate the 90s, Robson tried to cut at a ball too close to him. In his mind’s eye the ball would have emphatically passed point and brought Robson his moment of history; instead, it only uprooted his leg stump after an inside edge.
This would have been the least impressive Robson century of the season, although he would not have fretted about that. He had survived three dropped chances, on 53, 56 and 81, all behind the wicket on the offside, and not quite been at his fluent best. Still there was again much to admire in his tenacity, immaculate defence and the occasional sumptuous shot - the short-arm jab to dispatch a short ball from Peter Trego, as if affronted that Trego had the temerity to bounce him, was particularly delightful. But after scoring 550 runs at Lord’s this season, Robson is instead condemned to think about the one he hasn’t scored.