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OLLIE RAYNER

Middlesex broke into the race for promotion from the Specsavers County Championship second division with their fourth victory in five matches at Lord’s on Friday.

Middlesex have been bowled out for 169 by Sussex on the first day of their County Championship match at Lord’s.

Middlesex’s James Harris grabbed five wickets on day one of his side’s County Championship match at Wantage Road as Northants ended on 332-8.

Middlesex toiled in the afternoon session on day one of their County Championship match against Northants after Ricardo Vasconcelos hit an unbeaten century at Wantage Road.

Middlesex’s talented 19-year-old bowler – and former North Middlesex paceman – Ethan Bamber made his first class debut against Northants on Sunday during day one of their County Championship clash. Read Layth Yousif’s morning session report from Wantage Road on Sunday.

Middlesex won a thrilling match by just 18 runs against leaders Warwickshire in the final session of day three at Lord’s.

Two wickets in three balls from Middlesex’s Tim Murtagh moments before lunch on day three put pressure on Warwickshire as they hunt a victory target of 203 runs.

Late wickets in the final few overs at the end of day two appear to have cost Middlesex a chance of posting Warwickshire a challenging winning target.

Middlesex lead by 49 runs after they rallied against Warwickshire to reach 89-1 at tea on day two of their County Championship Division Two at a stifling Lord’s on Monday afternoon.

Middlesex made inroads into the Warwickshire batting during the morning session on day two of the County Championship match at Lord’s – as wicketkeeper John Simpson took three catches to leave the visitors on 248-8 at lunch.

Fourteen wickets fell with nearly 400 runs scored on day one of the Division Two County Championship match at Lord’s between Middlesex and Warwickshire on Sunday.

Sussex skipper Ben Brown made an unbeaten half-century to steer his side to a thrilling three-wicket victory over Middlesex for their first win of the season in the Specsavers County Championship.

A Middlesex batting collapse, in which they lost eight wickets for 79 runs, set up a potentially thrilling finish to their Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Sussex at Hove.

Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson produced championship best figures of 7-58 as Middlesex were bowled out for 230 at Hove on Friday.

Middlesex face a fight to avoid defeat at Derbyshire, who look poised to end their long wait for a home Championship victory after dominating for the third day running in the Division Two match.

The grin remains as big as ever and the bone-crushing handshake as firm.

England batsman Sam Robson and county opening partner Nick Gubbins have both signed contract extensions with Middlesex, the club has announced.

Somerset built a winning position on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Middlesex at Taunton, knowing victory would secure First Division survival at the expense of their visitors.

Middlesex skipper Adam Voges is tipping county team-mate Steven Finn to be part of the England selection shake-up for this winter’s Ashes tour to Australia after bowling the county to the brink of first division safety in the Specsavers County Championship top flight thisweek.

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