Middlesex-Warwickshire: Bears back on top despite Uxbridge draw

Neil Dexter of Middlesex
County Championship Division One, Uxbridge
Match Drawn. Middlesex 402 & 181-6 dec, Warwickshire 324 & 78-1
Middlesex 10pts, Warwickshire 8pts
Match scorecard

Title hopefuls Warwickshire returned to the top of the County Championship table but had to settle for a draw against Middlesex at rain-hit Uxbridge.

Any hopes of a result being contrived were ended by the final day weather.

Resuming on 104-3 following a delayed start, Neil Dexter hit 84 not out as Middlesex declared at tea on 181-5.

But set 260 to win in 40 overs, the Bears made no attempt to go for it, hands being shaken with them on 78-1, of which Varun Chopra made 38 not out.

Warwickshire, level on points with title rivals Nottinghamshire at the start of the match on Wednesday, have now gone eight clear at the top.

But the Bears have not won now in five championship games after four rain-affected draws and a defeat.

The match was intriguingly poised with all three results possible going into the final day, but the teams were frustrated by a string of torrential downpours which washed out the morning session.