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Surrey 415 (Roy 110, Burns 88, Foakes 63*) and 266 for 7 dec (S Curran 71, Foakes 65*, Roland-Jones 3-44, Rayner 3-71) drew with Middlesex 293 (Gubbins 82, Simpson 58, S Curran 4-60) and 278 for 6 (Bailey 110*, Franklin 70, Ansari 4-63)Scorecard A little after six oclock on the final afternoon, George Bailey unfurled a sumptuous straight drive off Sam Curran. It was the final ball of the match, and a draw was already assured, but no matter: Baileys excellence was undiluted until the very end.Middlesex have been served magnificently by Australian batsmen in recent seasons, Chris Rogers and Adam Voges among them. Yet as Bailey walked off at Lords, saluted by the opposition and the MCCs members, he could reflect on an innings that any of them would have been proud to claim as their own.Bailey had not merely protected north London pride, prickled when Surrey knocked Middlesex out of the Royal London One-Day Cup on Tuesday, but also enhanced Middlesexs lead at the summit of the County Championship to 13 points, although Yorkshire, one point further back, retain a game in hand.He has enjoyed a storied career, captaining Australia in the World Twenty20, playing in the Indian Premier League and being involved in a 5-0 Ashes win. Yet this was something new: a first century at Lords, and the private bliss that followed. Id be happy with no one in the ground here. Playing here is so special, Bailey said.While Bailey is accustomed to T20 pyrotechnics, here he revealed himself to be a man with adhesive defence and an unbending will to resist Surrey, though never did he abandon his relish for marmalising any delivery that offered width. Baileys century arrived through three consecutive rasping cuts, off Stuart Meaker; 15 of his 20 fours came between backward point and extra cover.Along the way Bailey had done a little to revive the battered reputation of Australian players against spin bowling, even if he will encounter bowling and pitches more venomous when he ventures to Sri Lanka after playing in Middlesexs T20 quarter-final at Northampton on Tuesday. It was nice to face a bit of spin today - Im not sure if thats quite the same as the boys have been facing in Sri Lanka. No doubt Ill be getting a bit more of that.Bailey forged a wonderful Antipodean alliance with James Franklin, who accompanied him for 51.2 overs of steadfast defence. While the two never imagined victory possible - It was always going to be out of out of reach, Bailey said - nor did they attempt to play in a way that was unnatural to them.One significant effect was to minimise the amount of consecutive deliveries that Surreys spin twins bowled to either batsman: Ansari managed only three maidens in 29 overs, which spoke of how Bailey and Franklin never became becalmed. Franklin, who had just been dropped by Ben Foakes off Sam Curran, was finally prized out when Zafar Ansari located the rough and got the second new ball to spin viciously into his stumps: a delivery befitting the innings of the man it dismissed.It had come too late, even if Gareth Batty was not prepared to accept as much. Even when there were wickets to get than balls to take them in, Batty refused to countenance calling the game off as a draw, perhaps unable to comprehend how Surrey had put so much into a game yet would not be rewarded by victory.Only a few hours earlier, Surrey had seemed on the brink of an emphatic win. A wicket apiece for the Curran brothers with the new ball had given Surrey a platform from which to mount an assault for victory and how Zafar Ansari seemed to do that after lunch. Trying to use his feet to negate the turn, Nick Compton was deceived by a wider, quicker ball and neatly stumped by Foakes.Then, Dawid Malan, attempting to do the same, flicked a ball onto the toes of Dominic Sibley, fielding at short leg, whereupon the rebound was snaffled by Foakes. And when John Simpson was trapped lbw, playing back, Middlesex had lost three wickets for 11 runs, and a swift ending looked probable.There were puffs of dust on the pitch. There were footmarks left by Surreys pace bowlers. There was every ounce of effort that Surrey could muster. But it wasnt enough to make this wicket deteriorate on the final day; the trueness of the wicket at the end of the game surprised both Bailey and Surreys coach Michael di Venuto. Perhaps di Venuto was left ruing all the assistance he has given Bailey, a fellow Tasmanian, over the years with his technique.Surrey hurtled everything of themselves at Bailey and Franklin. They tried their spin twins, and even used Dominic Sibley for a few overs of exploratory legspin - the first, indeed, almost claimed Nick Compton, who top-edged a pull tantalisingly out of Jason Roys reach. The pace bowlers were summoned in short bursts, and had a captain who who not shy to innovate. At one stage Sam Curran even bowled with three catchers in front of the wicket on both the offside and legside.The quicks tried again with the second new ball, and Foakes spilled Franklin off Curran. After Franklin was eventually dismissed, Batty then implored Meaker and Curran to summon even more from within themselves. They did so but Bailey, farming the strike after Franklins late dismissal, was not for moving.Middlesex will draw strength from salvaging a draw from a game in which they were outplayed for three and a half days, in Baileys reckoning. It means that they have now five games at Lords this season, and drawn the lot. One wag suggested that, even if four-day Test matches are introduced, five-day Championship games should become the norm at Lords. Fjällräven Kånken No 2 Rea . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. Kånken Ryggsäck No 2 . 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VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Jay Wright and his Villanova players are ready to enjoy Thanksgiving and take a much-needed break from basketball.Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kris Jenkins scored 11 points and No. 2 Villanova knocked off feisty College of Charleston 63-47 on Wednesday night.The Wildcats improved to 6-0 a season after winning the national championship but struggled to put away the overmatched Cougars in their fourth game in seven days and their sixth in 13.It was not a pretty game, Wright said. We just found a way to gut it out.Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall added eight points and five rebounds apiece for the Wildcats, who shot just 5 for 17 from 3-point range and 8 for 22 from the field in the second half.Jarrell Brantley led Charleston with 18 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range and committed 14 turnovers.Its a good way to learn, Brantley said. Theyre a really good team and do a lot of things right. It will only help.Jenkins, who famously hit the title-winning shot to beat North Carolina at the buzzer last April, was held out of the starting lineup by Wright because he missed a class. But the senior forward came in just 3 minutes into the game and played 28 minutes, shooting 4 for 7 from the field.Hart, who won MVP of the 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic after leading the Wildcats to the tournament title on Sunday, also shot 4 for 7 from the field and 2 for 3 from 3-point range.He was called back into the game in the final minutes after Wright admitted to putting his walk-ons in too early -- not that it bothered the teams star senior.Im not really worried about minutes, said Hart, a Wooden Award candidate. Id love to play the whole game if the coach lets me.BIG PICTURECharleston: After starting a season with three straight wins for the first time since 2011-12, the Cougars have dropped three in a row to fall back to .500. But they will have some easier games coming up before entering play in the Colonial Athletic Association, where they were picked to fiinish fourth.ddddddddddddVillanova: The defending national champs continued to roll through the early portion of their schedule. Four of their next five games come against Philadelphia Big 5 rivals, where the competition is always heated, with a marquee matchup vs. Notre Dame sandwiched in between.ULTIMATE CHALLENGEAlthough the Cougars left town with a loss, Charleston coach Earl Grant felt the game was, in many ways, a win-win for his program.My thought process coming into this game is its the ultimate challenge, Grant said. You get to play against the best team in college basketball. They won the championship last year and until someone beats them this year theyre still the champion. . We knew it would be hard but I think, at this time of year, hard things are good.NOVEMBER REIGNOver the past four seasons, Villanova is 25-0 in the month of November and have claimed four tournament championships in the month, including their recent run through the Gildan Charleston Classic.Wednesdays game was technically Villanovas fourth victory of the Charleston Classic -- after wins over Western Michigan, Wake Forest and UCF at TD Arena -- but the result didnt factor into the bracket.NO BOOTH, NO PROBLEM (FOR NOW)Phil Booth missed his third straight game for Villanova with left knee inflammation. But Wright said the injury is minor and hes eager to get one of his top guards back after the Thanksgiving break.I thought we held up pretty well, Wright said of his teams grueling stretch. If we werent getting Phil Booth back, I think Id be more concerned.POLL IMPLICATIONSAfter moving up a spot to No. 2 this week, Villanova figures to stay there behind top-ranked Kentucky barring any major upsets.UP NEXTCharleston aims to snap its three-game losing streak when it hosts USC Upstate on Sunday.Villanova will look for a record 15th straight Big 5 win against Penn at the historic Palestra on Tuesday. ' ' '

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