LV County Championship - Division Two
Middlesex 297 (E T Smith 85, E C Joyce 60, D L Maddy 4-25) & 124-1 (B A Godleman 56 no) v Warwickshire 438 (T Frost 90, I D K Salisbury 81, A G Botha 50, I J L Trott 50)
Middlesex battled hard to close a first innings deficit of 141 in their County Championship Division Two match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The Bears built up a strong lead as Ian Salisbury (81) carried them to 438 in their first innings after they had resumed on 272-4 on the third morning.
Their injury-hit bowling attack then made Middlesex work hard for every run as they toiled for 43 overs to make 124-1, cutting the hosts' lead to 17 runs.
Monde Zondeki (groin), Darren Maddy (thumb) and Salisbury (calf) were all unable to bowl for Warwickshire, who had attempted to bat for as long as possible to protect their paper-thin bowling resources.
Tony Frost (90) and Ant Botha (50) put on a fifth-wicket stand of 152 in 58 overs while Salisbury, batting with a runner, stuck around for 116 balls and was joined late on by Zondeki - also batting with a runner.
Middlesex quickly lost Ed Smith in their second innings, but Ben Godleman and Owais Shah saw them through to the close without further loss.
Warwickshire produced a solid batting display to approach first-innings parity by the close of the second day against Middlesex at Edgbaston.
But that was overshadowed when captain Darren Maddy was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the thumb by a sharply rising delivery from Tim Murtagh.
Maddy, who was on 39 at the time, is likely to be sidelined for at least a month after X-rays revealed a double break.
In Maddy's absence, half-centuries from Jonathan Trott (50) and Tony Frost (54no) helped the hosts to 272-4 in reply to Middlesex's 297.
The main bright spot for the visitors was the performance of 20-year-old seamer Danny Evans (3-57), who finished took three of the four Warwickshire wickets to fall.
In the morning, Middlesex resumed at 285-9 and lasted just just 4.3 overs before leg-spinner Ian Salisbury (1-45) bowled last man Evans (3).
Middlesex reached 285-9 in their first innings by the close of the first day of their County Championship Division Two match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The visitors were kept in check by the medium pace of Bears captain Darren Maddy, who took four key wickets as he claimed figures of 4-25.
However, a partnership worth 94 for the second wicket between Ed Smith (85) and Owais Shah (36) ensured Middlesex posted a respectable score, despite the failings of many of their batsmen.
Opener Wayne Godleman (8) fell cheaply to Naqqash Tahir to bring Smith and Shah together, before the latter became Maddy's first victim with the score on 110-2.
Maddy also claimed the scalp of Smith, who hit 16 fours in his 145-ball knock.
The wickets of Eoin Morgan and Vernon Philander quickly followed for Maddy, but Ed Joyce (60) and Shaun Udal (40no) fought back well for Middlesex.