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Warwickhire clinch innings win

Warwickshire crushed Middlesex by an innings and 47 runs and with a day to spare to clinch their second County Championship win of the season.

Starting the day 295 runs adrift after the first innings at Edgbaston, the visitors swiftly lost overnight watchman James Harris for a duck, trapped lbw by Keith Barker, and with the score on six.

But regular openers in Sam Robson and captain Chris Rogers then dug in for a stand of 149 to offer Middlesex a ray of hope.

Both men, however, departed within the space of three runs to leave Middlesex staring defeat in the face.

Rogers was first out for 82, coming off 139 balls and with 10 fours and a six, with the 36-year-old from Sydney pinned leg before wicket in trying to sweep Jeetan Patel.

Robson then soon followed having made 68 from 144 balls, including eight fours, falling to another lbw decision, this time to Richard Jones.

Although Dawid Malan also conjured some resistance with 40 from 128 balls, and despite small breaks for bad light and rain, he was unable to find any support from the middle order.

Neil Dexter and Joe Denly only scored eight apiece, with the latter's departure sparking a collapse as four wickets fell for just six runs, including two in three balls for Chris Wright, with Malan the notable scalp.

Adam Rossington managed just one to leave Middlesex on 215 for eight before Ollie Rayner and Toby Roland-Jones attempted to at least take the game into the fourth and final day.

Warwickshire, however, pressed for the extra half hour's play, and it proved decisive as Patel picked off the last two wickets of Rayner and Steven Finn with successive deliveries to bowl out Middlesex for 248 and secure a thumping triumph for the hosts.