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Warwickshire dent Middlesex title hopes Published: 11 July 2013

Warwickshire dent Middlesex title hopes

Middlesex's LV= County Championship title challenge suffered another hiccup as they succumbed to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of defending champions Warwickshire at Uxbridge.

Warwickshire suffered a few nerves in a small chase of 111 on the final afternoon, but Tim Ambrose's 47 and an unbeaten 20 from Chris Woakes saw them to the target.

Ollie Rayner took two early wickets as the Bears stumbled to 21/3, but Middlesex never had enough of a target to play with and Ambrose's knock - which contained six fours - was the crucial one.

Adam Voges had earlier completed a superb debut in the four-day format for Middlesex, making 51 to add to his 150 in the first innings.

Starting the day five wickets down with a defecit of 30 still to overhaul all of the hosts' middle and lower order made starts, but numbers 6-10 all fell for scores between 12 and 19.

Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel and England all-rounder Chris Woakes both finished with three wickets.


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