Chris Rogers made an accomplished fifty on day two of Middlesex's LV= County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire as the hosts finished on 96/0, a deficit of 334 runs.
Rogers' unbeaten 67, along with fellow opener Sam Robson (28 not out), made sure that Middlesex still have all ten first innings wickets in hand after watching Notts push to 430/7 before declaring.
On a grey and overcast day at Lord's, the players and spectators had to put up with bad light but the visitors, who will take on Glamorgan in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final here next Saturday, made sure that those in attendance witnessed some fireworks.
Andre Adams smashed five sixes in his knock of 80 from just 76 balls as Chris Read's men pushed for a declaration.
Earlier, Steven Mullaney hit a fine century in his first appearance at the Home of Cricket. His 125 at the top of the order helped build the platform for Adams' big hitting.
Gareth Berg bowled well to record economic figures for Middlesex, his 2/78 coming from 29 over and including nine maidens.
Resuming on Friday, Middlesex will hope to bat time and chip away at Notts' first innings total, while the Outlaws will be keen to make early inroads.