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Middlesex cruise to victory

Chris Rogers and Sam Robson fired an unbeaten 112-run partnership to guide Middlesex to a 10-wicket home Championship win over Nottinghamshire.

Middlesex's opening pair guided the hosts home without loss in their second innings on the final day's play, after Nottinghamshire had slumped to 224 all out having resumed on 184 for five overnight.

Steven Finn ended the match with nine wickets, four in the second innings to add to his five-wicket first-innings haul.

Robson added 41 in the second innings to his mammoth 163 in Middlesex's first spell at the crease as he pressed his claims for a Test debut with England this summer.

Nottinghamshire started the day well aware they were battling to salvage a draw.

Wicketkeeper Chris Read had steadied the ship at the end of day three after Middlesex had torn into the visitors' top order once again.

Read was unable to continue that rearguard action long enough though, the first wicket to fall of the day with Nottinghamshire having added just five runs to their overnight total.

Tim Murtagh had Read caught behind by John Simpson for a total of 44 from 52 balls.

Riki Wessels was next to be dismissed, sent back to the pavilion by Murtagh again, this time with James Harris taking the catch.

Wessels' dismissal for 34 from 88 balls spelled the end of Nottinghamshire's lean resistance.

Harris had Peter Siddle caught behind for 12, before Murtagh clean bowled Andy Carter to leave the visitors on 218 for nine.

Luke Fletcher mustered five runs from 22 balls but succumbed to Finn, with Simpson gloving the catch behind the stumps once more.

Nottinghamshire's 224 left Middlesex chasing 112 for victory, and the opening duo of Rogers and Robson duly picked off the necessary shortly after lunch.

Resurgent fast bowler Finn can be rightly proud of his nine-wicket match, especially after his wretched winter with England and an off-season spent completely remodelling his bowling action.

Australian-born opener Robson's impressive two-innings effort proved crucial to the Middlesex victory to boot, and the 24-year-old can now move forward to push hard for his first England Test call for the summer battles against Sri Lanka and India.