Neil Dexter finished unbeaten on 77 as Middlesex reached 280/7 on an even first day of their LV= County Championship clash against relegation threatened rivals Surrey.
Dexter's patient knock, which took 210 balls to compile, was one of three half centuries for Middlesex as they made amens for a disappointing performance in losing to Somerset by an innings at Lord's last week.
Chris Rogers returned to form with 55, before he was run out, and Dawid Malan made 61.
Veteran left-arm spinner Gary Keedy was the best performing bowler on show for the hosts, taking 3/61 in 25 overs on a pitch offering some turn on day one.
Middlesex made just one change from the side which lost to Somerset, with Corey Collymore replacing talisman Tim Murtagh, who was in action for Ireland against England in Dublin.