Middlesex continued to build a formidable first innings total against Warwickshire in their LV= County Championship match as they finished day two on 428/5 thanks largely to Sam Robson’s 215 not out.
The 23-year-old’s early season form has been sensational with an impressive 579 runs in just seven knocks so far.
While Robson has been one of the standout batsmen in the country so far in 2013, it will have also been pleasing for Middlesex batting coach Mark Ramprakash to see Neil Dexter gain some form with the bat as he fell just four runs shy of his first fifty of the season, caught by Jonathan Trott off the bowling of Boyd Rankin.
Robson continued to go about his business well passing the 150 mark and then bringing up his second first-class double century without letting up and was still troubling a weakened Warwickshire attack when the play came to an early close.
The county champions must be rueing the fact that seamers Chris Wright and Chris Woakes are away on England Lions’ duty at Grace Road for a match which sees them pitted against one of the early pace setters in this year's campaign.
The silver lining for Bears’ coach Dougie Brown will be gazing lustily towards the east midlands, while praying that the mixed weather which has been the only factor stalling Middlesex so far in this match keeps up on day three.
Middlesex meanwhile may choose to declare overnight and set their attack - featuring Steven Finn - loose on the Bears top order on the third morning as they search for third win of the summer.