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Middlesex go top following draw

Middlesex go top following draw

Middlesex have gone top of the LV= County Championship after playing out a rain affected draw with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire finished on 374/8 in their first innings on the final day in Birmingham before the ever present downpours finished off a game that was only ever heading one way after Middlesex had posted a first innings total of 428/5 before declaring.

Going into the final day the hosts resumed on 267/5 and when they passed 279 thanks to a four from Tom Milnes the follow on was saved and the remainder of Saturday's play was just a formality.

Tim Murtagh was on fine form for Chris Rogers' outfit in the absence of Toby Roland-Jones, who is one Lions duty, and James Harris who remains injured.

Figures of 5/85 against a batting line-up that includes Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell shows that Middlesex seam attack has the depth that can win it the championship.

It was Murtagh's second five-wicket haul of the summer and one that helped the London side go top of the table after four games. 

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