Adam Voges hit an unbeaten 81 for Middlesex as they fought back on day two of their LV= County Championship match with Warwickshire at Uxbridge to finish 177/4, but still trailing the Bears by 309 runs.
The 33-year-old Australian batted with composure in his first County Championship knock for the Panthers as he came to the crease with the score at 28/2.
Warwickshire's Varun Chopra had continued where he left off overnight to post 228 not out before declaring his sides innings on 486/6.
Having toiled for a day and half in the field, Middlesex - who had used eight bowlers during Warwickshire's innings - soon found themselves in real trouble at 28/4 as Sam Robson, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly and captain Neil Dexter all departed cheaply.
But a 149 partnership between Voges and John Simpson (50 not out) helped Angus Fraser's outfit finish the day with some hope heading into day three.