Middlesex face another must-win Yorkshire Bank 40 competition fixture against Gloucestershire at Lord's on Thursday, as they fight to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
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The day/night clash features the teams placed third and fourth in the table, with Middlesex marginally ahead of their West Country rivals on net-run-rate.
Middlesex could already have drawn level with table-toppers Somerset by the time they return to Lord's, after they take on Glamorgan in Cardiff on Wednesday evening.
Angus Fraser's side are in decent form after starting August with an LV= County Championship win over Durham, followed by a closer-than-expected defeat of the Unicorns at Lord's on Sunday.
But the Panthers are fully aware that their next handful of matches will define their 2013 season, with both the Championship and YB40 titles still very much to play for.