Lancashire 165 trail Middlesex by 68 runs
There’s been mostly good and some bad news for county champions Middlesex in their battle to avoid relegation from the first division of the Specsavers County Championship.
On the second day of their match against Lancashire at Lord’s they had to wait only 15 minutes before taking their sixth wicket, Tim Murtagh having Steven Croft caught behind after an airy shot. Croft had added just four runs to his overnight 33.
Jordan Clark fell to the same combination four overs later, Tom Bailey prodded forward and edged to second slip, Ryan McLaren was well caught by the diving Steve Finn at mid-on and finally Matt Parkinson was lbw for a duck.
Lancashire, who had resumed on 113 for five, were all out for 165, giving Middlesex an important lead of 68 in a low-scoring match.
The only set-backs for Middlesex are that they lost Nick Compton just before lunch, when they were 14 for one, and that Toby Roland-Jones has not taken the field and is having a scan on his sore back.