Dawid Malan, Sam Robson and Eoin Morgan all impressed with the bat as Middlesex produced a vastly improved performance to put themselves on top after day two of their LV= County Championship match with Lancashire.
By the time rain caused a premature end to the day's action the hosts had moved into a nine-run lead with seven wickets still remaining in their first innings, and with Morgan poised on 76 not out.
After a summer which has been punctuated by batting collapses, this was a fine performance from Middlesex, who lost their talisman Chris Rogers for just one - caught down the leg side off Kyle Hogg.
Sam Robson and Dawid Malan batted impresively in a partnership of 107 though, leaving the ball well and punishing anything off line and length by the Lancashire bowlers. Their performance was less frantic than in recent times, in conditions which favoured the batting side.
Indeed, the only complaint that Angus Fraser could had had with his batsmen on a day they totally dominated was that both Robson and Malan, who played his best knock of the year so far, was their running between the wickets.
Both men were dismissed that way, in slightly suicidal manner, with Robson making 51 and Malan just eight short of what would have been his 11th first-class ton in his 100th match.
Any dissapointment at that was massaged by the return to form of their middle-order though, with Neil Dexter following up his six-wickets on day one with 44 not out, putting on an unbeaten 95 with Morgan.