Vithushan Ehantharajah at Middlesex 31-4 v Lancashire
My word, it's spicy out there. Middlesex have just been reduced to 28 for four. McLaren and Bailey have two apiece. Of the two, Bailey, from the Pavilion End, is getting the ball to do more. The wicket of Dawid Malan, just now, highlights the movement on offer. From around the wicket, the right-armer got the back to move off the surface and take an edge through to the keeper. I say "take an edge" – Malan certainly didn't think so. Nick Compton wasn't happy about his LBW to McLaren, either. Then again, he never is. Looking a bit dire for Middlesex. Remember, they won the toss and opted to bat first.
Judging by what the players have told others, 200 might be a big total on this pitch, which is well-worn from a season's worth of play. Plates are beginning form, too.