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Rain stalled Durham's progress on day three of their LV= County Championship fixture against Middlesex, Michael Stoneman making a half-century as just 18 overs were bowled.
Table-toppers Middlesex may well be hoping that the inclement weather continues on the final day, as hosts Durham continue to have the better of the match in Chester-le-street.
Stoneman was the only batsman to fall on day three for an even half-century, as Durham built on the work of their bowlers on day two, reaching 89/1 and stretching their lead to 152.
While all results remain possible, Paul Collingwood's side are the more likely victors, particularly considering the presence of arguably the best seam bowler in county cricket, Graham Onions, who took five wickets in the first innings.
Middlesex will need quick wickets on day four if they are to record a fourth four-day victory the summer.