Tim Wigmore at Middlesex 76-0 v Essex
All going very smoothly for Middlesex so far. The sight of Simon Harmer bowling his offspin in the 10th over of the day suggested Ryan ten Doeschate might rather be regretting his decision to insert Middlesex without a toss. Robson, characteristically strong square of the wicket, and Gubbins, who has played some delightful drives, including easing Jamie Porter down the ground, have both began the day with few alarms in front of a crowd of 2,300. There’s further good news for Middlesex than Nick Compton is recovering well from a shoulder concern and scored a century for the second eleven this week at Radlett.