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Middlesex title challenge on after Durham win

Middlesex title challenge on after Durham win

Middlesex moved back into LV= County Championship contention with at six-wicket victory over Durham at Lord's.

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The hosts knocked off the remaining 44 runs required on the third morning for the loss of just two further wickets, after resuming on 103/2.

Eoin Morgan saw Middlesex home with an unbeaten 39, with captain Neil Dexter making 25 and Adam Voges 36.

And the club's Director of Cricket Angus Fraser admitted his side were "right in the mix" in the championship race, having leapfrogged Durham into third place, just four points behind Sussex and within shooting distance of leaders Yorkshire.

"We're where I want to be," said the former England opening bowler.

"It's nice to be in serious contention. We're a good side moving in the right direction.

"The win we've had here puts us right up there, but there's still a lot of cricket to be played and a lot to play for."

Middlesex's next three four-day fixtures are against the bottom three clubs in the division - Somerset, Derbyshire and Surrey - and after two wins on the bounce in the championship, they are a side full of confidence.

"It [the Durham win] puts us right in the mix of things at the top," added a bouyant Fraser.

The Panthers play their next fixture at home against the Unicorns at Lord's on Sunday 11 August - with all under 16s admitted for free as part of the ECB's Kids go Free campaign.

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