Middlesex 451-4 v Essex
When Middlesex were 321 for three at lunch they appeared on course to pick up a maximum five batting points, with just 79 runs needed from 19 overs.
They had added just ten runs to their total when Adam Voges was out, lbw to Jamie Porter for 13 as he attempted to work the ball to leg.
Stevie Eskinazi reached his fifty from 107 deliveries with a fine straight-drive off Porter, his seventh four. But he failed to score from his next 26 balls.
Middlesex seemed to be more interested in securing a big total than garnering a fifth batting point when they needed 43 off ten overs, and then 24 off four. And by the time they made a big effort to increase the tempo, in the last over, it was too late.
John Simpson, backing up on 22, might have been run out when he attempted a single and ran into bowler Neil Wagner. Essex broke the stumps but declined to appeal.
At tea Middlesex were 451 for four, with Eskinazi on 94 and Simpson 54 not out, having reached his fifty from 92 balls.