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Rayner gives Middlesex hope

Rayner gives Middlesex hope

Middlesex are in with a chance of pulling off an unlikely victory against Derbyshire after Ollie Rayner's five-wicket haul on day three of their LV= County Championship match.

The Panthers require a further 272 to win on the final day of their clash at the County Ground after bowling the home side out for 160 in their second innings.

Rayner, ably supported by the seam attack of Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones, reduced the home side from 116/4 to 160 all out in an entertaining afternoon at the County Ground.

Rayner took 5/67 from his 23.3 overs to help give the London county a chance to pull off a victory that looked improbable at close of play on day two.

The Panthers' chase got off to a poor start however, when they lost opening batsman Joe Denly for just 2 after he was trapped LBW by Mark Footitt. Moments later nightwatchman Finn was gone after he too was trapped in front by veteran Tim Groenewald without scoring.

But the the title-chasing side will be buoyed by the fact that they have only lost the one recognised batsman in Denly.

With in-form opening batsman Sam Robson (12 not out) at the crease overnight and fellow Australian Adam Voges with him (11 not out), Middlesex will be hoping to pull off a memorable victory as they continue their quest for their first County Championship title since 1993.

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