Warwickshire v Middlesex, LV= County Championship
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After rain delayed the start of play on the fourth day for over 90 minutes, Warwickshire quickly completed the dozen runs needed to avoid any possibility of a follow-on and set about all that remained for them from the match, bonus batting points.
Clarke and Milnes took the total on, between showers and delays to 332 before Murtagh dismissed Milnes for twenty four.
Murtagh then removed Patel and Allin, to a first ball Championship debut duck, with consecutive deliveries as Warwickshire attempted to collect their fourth batting point, which came off the final ball of the 110 overs from a Rikki Clarke boundary.
When the rain returned, with Warwickshire 374-8 and Clarke unbeaten on sixty six, the match was abandoned as a draw, with Warwickshire taking 8 points and Middlesex 10 points.
After heavy overnight rain, Middlesex declared on their overnight total when play began on time on the third morning and Warwickshire’s opening pair of Porterfield and Evans looked to have weathered the new ball threat until Porterfield 20, edged Colleymore low to second slip, where Rayner took a low catch.
Laurie Evans and Jonathan Trott then added eighty three runs for the second wicket either side of lunch, with Evans completing his half-century before a ball from Finn hit the back of his left hand and he retired hurt. The injury was later found to be a broken finger and he will take no further part in the match.
Ian Bell joined Trott, who also reached his half century before edging Murtagh to Malan at slip for sixty two, while skipper Troughton’s stay was short clipping Murtagh to Denly at leg gulley before scoring.
Tim Ambrose and Bell both completed their half centuries, before both were lbw to Collymore with the second new ball as Warwickshire closed the third day on 267-5, still needing twelve runs to avoid the follow-on with one day remaining.
With a strong wind blowing across the ground, Middlesex made a cautious start to the second day adding just fifteen runs in the opening thirty minutes after Warwickshire took the new ball.
It was Boyd Rankin who made the first breakthrough of the day when Dexter 46, mistimed an attempted pull and the ball lobbed to Trott at mid-on, after Robson had completed his one hundred and fifty.
Just before lunch, Patel picked up his third wicket to an orthodox catch at slip by Rikki Clarke when Simpson 19 edged the New Zealand spinner.
After a short delay for rain, play resumed at two o’clock and in the time before the rain returned, Middlesex picked up a fifth batting point and Sam Robson completed a maiden LV=CC double century with Middlesex 428-5 .
Chris Rogers won the toss and Middlesex batted on a good wicket at Edgbastonj, against a Warwickshire side depleted by injury and England Lions call up. Tom Allin was given his first-class debut for Warwickshire while Rikki Clarke and Jim Troughton returned from injury.
Rogers and Sam Robson, who had made a double century opening partnership in their previous match against Surrey, looked to be in fine touch when play began thirty minutes late after early morning rain had delayed the start for half an hour.
Robson was particularly severe on Tom Milnes in his opening spell from the Birmingham End, playing some extravagant drives, with the odd edge racing to the third man boundary as the scoreboard ticked along at around four an over, with Middlesex 84-0 at lunch.
Immediately after the interval Boyd Rankin struck, when Rogers’ loose edge was taken by Tim Ambrose with the Middlesex skipper on thirty three.
Joe Denly joined Robson who completed back-to-back centuries during the session, but with the second wicket partnership just five runs short of a century, he charged Patel and Ambrose completed the stumping for thirty five.
Patel collected a second wicket when Malan 37, went back across his stumps and was given lbw by Steve Gale after the umpire had taken some time to think about it.
Neil Dexter 21* joined Robson who was unbeaten on one hundred and thirty six, when rain brought the players from the field after almost seventy three overs of the day.
With Middlesex 280-3, play was finally abandoned for the day due to heavy rain
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