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Middlesex CCC v Northamptonshire CCC: Day One update

PUBLISHED: 15:34 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 13 April 2018

Northamptonshire's Ben Sanderson bowls to Middlesex's Sam Robson during the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match at Lord's, London.

Northamptonshire's Ben Sanderson bowls to Middlesex's Sam Robson during the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match at Lord's, London.

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County cricket has returned as enthusiasts enjoy the first day of the domestic season. In Division Two at Lord’s Middlesex are hosting Northants. Read on for the latest update.

Middlesex's Sam Robson during the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match at Lord's, London.Middlesex's Sam Robson during the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match at Lord's, London.

Paul Stirling and John Simpson led the Middlesex revival as they progressed to 132-4 in a truncated afternoon session against Northamptonshire at Lord’s.

The Middlesex pair settled into their groove with an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 69, having joined forces with the home side in difficulties at 63-4.

Brett Hutton and Ben Sanderson had earlier captured two wickets apiece – but it was Sanderson who missed a golden opportunity to drive home Northamptonshire’s advantage when he spilled a top-edge from Simpson at fine leg.

Simpson had moved on to 31 not out, with Stirling unbeaten on 36 when the players left the field due to bad light and took an early tea.

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