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Chris Read held up Yorkshire with an unbeaten 81

Notts v Middlesex, LV= County Championship Div One, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Read ton relieves Notts pressure

Chris Read helped himself to a second century of the season as Nottinghamshire dominated day three against Middlesex at Trent Bridge

Brendan Taylor made a century on his Championship debut

Notts v Middlesex, LV= County Championship Div One, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Franklin gives note to not write off Middlesex

The odds against Yorkshire retaining the title may be shortening every day but Middlesex ought not to be discounted as contenders just yet, even though Andrew Gale's team clearly have some momentum.

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Cricket at Lord's at the start of the season

County news

Codrington quits as Middlesex chief exec

Middlesex have announced that chief executive Vinny Codrington has resigned from the position with immediate effect

Tymal Mills at a Sussex photocall

Middlesex v Sussex, NatWest Blast, South Group, Lord's

Mills 'gets by' as he preys on feeble Middlesex

Tymal Mills can only play Twenty20 because of a long-standing back complaint but he turned in an eye-catching display at Lord's all the same as his fouyr wickets helped dismantle more feeble Middlesex resistance

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James Harris nipped out two early wickets in the Durham chase

Middlesex v Hampshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Lord's, 4th day

Harris adds to Hampshire's gloom

James Harris was in the wickets again for Middlesex to keep up their title challenge and take his haul of first-class scalps to 53

Nick Compton drives during his 70

Middlesex v Hampshire, LV= Championship Division One, Lord's, 2nd day

Compton driven by Ashes memories

Nick Compton was dropped midway through the last Ashes series in England. His chances of an Ashes recall are remote no matter how much he tries to prove otherwise