Middlesex batsmen were in fine form on day one of their LV = County Championship clash with Northamptonshire at Lord's, as they piled up 280/3 on a rain affected day.
Having lost the toss and been inserted by opposition skipper Stephen Peters, Middlesex captain Chris Rogers and debutant Nick Gubbins put on 128 for the first wicket.
Gubbins, who is currently on the MCC Universities scheme with Leeds/Bradford University, looked assured for his 54 before he fell to Mohammad Azharullah.
Meanwhile, his captain - who the 20-year-old had almost run out earlier in the day - looked set for his 70th first class century before being bowled for 86.
Middlesex carried on making the most of the good weather when it was around, and in amongst rain breaks made it to 280/3 at the close to put themselves in a commanding position.
Dawid Malan (72no) and Neil Dexter (19no) will continue at the crease on day two.