|Bob Willis Trophy, Kia Oval (day one):|
|Middlesex 264-4: Gubbins 150*, Holden 48; Clarke 2-33|
|Surrey: Yet to bat|
|Middlesex 2 pts, Surrey 1 pts|
Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins struck a superb unbeaten 150 on the opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy against Surrey at The Kia Oval.
The knock reignited a career which, last summer, faltered badly for a batsman who was in line for an England Test cap within two years of making his debut for the county in 2014.
The 26-year-old left-hander won England Lions recognition shortly after being one of the stars of Middlesex’s 2016 County Championship-winning season, but last year he managed just 530 four-day runs at an average of 22 – with only three scores above 50 from 24 innings.
But, after also hitting a century in last week’s two-day friendly against Surrey at The Oval, Gubbins carried on where he left off by hitting 17 fours and a six to spearhead Middlesex’s progress towards 264-4 from 91 overs after opting to bat first.
It was only his second championship century in three years but he will rarely have played better.
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