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OLLIE RAYNER

Middlesex put forward an inspired bowling performance to ruin Paul Collingwood's final match for Durham, defeating the home side by 57 runs in their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash at Emirates Riverside.

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.

Gloucestershire face an uphill battle to stave off County Championship defeat on Monday after they were made to follow on against Middlesex at Lord's.

The bad weather which has plagued Middlesex's home fixtures so far this season returned with a vengeance on day two against Gloucestershire at Lord's.

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.

Harry Finch's maiden County Championship hundred put Sussex in a good position against Middlesex after an absorbing second day 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.

Derbyshire are on course to end their long wait for a home victory in the County Championship after they completely dominated the second day of the Division Two match against Middlesex at Derby.

South African fast bowler Hardus Viljoen rescued Derbyshire with the bat on a keenly contested opening day of the Division Two match against Middlesex at Derby.

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.

Middlesex's Steven Finn was delighted to deliver a matchwinning spell in their County Championship clash against Lancashire at Lord's.

Forgotten England paceman Steven Finn returned his first five-wicket championship haul since April 2014 to steer Middlesex to a crucial 36-run win over Lancashire with a day to spare at Lord's.

Wickets continued to tumble on an overcast day at Lord's as Middlesex gained a slight advantage on a match destined to end within three days if the weather holds.

Middlesex ended a game blighted by autumnal downpours and unplayable conditions with nine bonus points in their bid to avoid relegation.

The final day of the Specsavers County Championship match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Headingley saw only one session of play, with the inevitable draw confirmed.

There was a far more serious type of drama at a Middlesex game on Thursday - after armed police were called to their County Championship match against Surrey at the Kia Oval - leading to players, officials and spectators being evacuated after a crossbow bolt landed close on the pitch.

Jason Roy and Ben Foakes both scored superb 70s to earn Surrey a slim first-innings lead in a hard-fought London derby at the Kia Oval.

Stuart Meaker spearheaded an impressive performance by the Surrey attack as Middlesex were hustled out for 247 on the first day of their Specsavers Championship match at the Kia Oval.

A tense climax at Edgbaston as Murtagh strikes the winning runs

Defending champions need another 198 for victory

Defending champions frustrated in the field

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate hailed the efforts of Simon Harmer after his side's thrilling win over defending champions Middlesex at Chelmsford.

Simon Harmer took 9-95 to lead Essex to a dramatic penultimate-over victory against Middlesex and extend their lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship to 29 points.

Openers Cook and Browne share record stand

Defending champions dismissed on day one at Chelmsford

Defending champions beat Yorkshire inside three days at Lord's

Ollie Rayner takes 4-35 to help Division One champions claim impressive victory at Lord's

Captain Franklin reflects on another draw

Visitors score record sixth-wicket stand

Defending champions face five matches in five weeks that could define season

Defending champions happy despite stalemate with Surrey

Sri Lankan hits century on first day of London derby

Eskinazi and Compton hope to face Surrey

Bad light helps visitors avoid defeat at Lord's

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