KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Middlesex's batting once again struggled as they slumped to an innings and 47 run defeat to Warwickshire in their LV= County Championship clash at Edgbaston.
The visitors collapsed from 155/1 to 248 all out as their batting once again looked out of touch once the regular opening pair of Chris Rogers (82) and Sam Robson (68) departed.
James Harris, who opened the batting as a nightwatchman the evening before, fell with the score on six, leaving Rogers and Robson to build the kind of foundation which would have had Middlesex believing they could force an unlikely result from the match.
But they fell in quick succession to Jeetan Patel and Richard Jones respectively, and despite 40 from Dawid Malan, Middlesex's other four recognised batsmen - Joe Denly, Neil Dexter, Adam Rossington and John Simpson - all fell for single figures.
Patel completed a fine match individually with 4/78, while Jones weighed in with 3/53.
Defeat leaves Middlesex with two wins and two defeats from their opening four matches after an inconsistent start to the summer. They play their next match at Lord's against Lancashire, starting on Sunday.