Nick Compton made a half-century

Middlesex v Warwickshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Lord's, 3rd day

Compton keeps Middlesex afloat

On a day when those old-school virtues of patience and judgment were suddenly being pined for up at Headingley, what England might have given for some of Nick Compton's obduracy at the head of their futile rearguard

Laurie Evans fell two short of a hundred

Middlesex v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship Div One, Lord's, 2nd day

Warwickshire build on Evans grit

A gritty 98 from Laurie Evans, coupled with a spirited lower-order onslaught from Jeetan Patel and Keith Barker, enabled Warwickshire to enjoy the better of another gloomy day at Lord's

Steven Finn appeals unsuccessfully for a wicket

Middlesex v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship Div One, Lord's, 1st day

Finn presents platform for Middlesex to build from

Every spell that Steven Finn sends down this season comes laden with caveats. Is it safe to suppose that he is really getting back to his best? Dare we whisper about a return to the Test squad with the Ashes around the corner?

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Dawid Malan plundered the Sussex bowling with 115 off 64 balls

Sussex v Middlesex, NatWest T20 Blast, South Group, Hove

Malan clobbers a Ferrari in 58-ball ton

Opener Dawid Malan smashed an unbeaten 115 off 64 balls as Middlesex cruised to their second convincing NatWest T20 Blast victory in 24 hours after beating Sussex by 42 runs at Hove

Paul Stirling was in imperious form

Middlesex v Kent, NatWest T20, South Group, Lord's

Stirling, Franklin distract Lord's drinkers in style

For most counties Friday is T20 night but Middlesex have always preferred Thursdays. The stroll from St John's Wood to Lord's, brimming with City types anticipating their first T20 game of the season, showed why.

Nick Compton made a half-century

Hampshire v Middlesex, LV= Championship, Division One, Ageas Bowl, 3rd day

Compton Middlesex's gain again

It may have taken a few more innings than Nick Compton would have liked but, at the ninth time of asking, the former England batsman is a Middlesex century-maker once again

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Mitchell McClenaghan picked 3 for 20 in his four overs

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Middlesex sign McClenaghan for Blast

Middlesex have signed New Zealand left-armer Mitchell McCleneghan as a mid-season replacement for Kyle Abbott in the NatWest Blast

Will Smith drives

Hampshire v Middlesex, LV= County Championship, Division One, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Wheal's early promise on unexpected debut

Young debutants making dream starts and former team-mates turning it on in their first outing against old employers: it doesn't happen all the time, of course, but once too often now - from Middlesex's point of view - during another chastening day