Runs flow for Robson at rainy Edgbaston

Middlesex 280-3 v Warwickshire

Sam Robson plundered a second successive century as Middlesex dominated a rain-affected first day at Edgbaston.

The opener scored 16 boundaries and was unbeaten on 136 when bad weather in Birmingham brought play to a premature end.

Robson’s fine score bettered his second innings knock of 129 in the drawn match against Surrey last week.

Chris Rogers (33), Joe Denly (35) and Dawid Malan (37) all chipped in, with Neil Dexter (21 not out) still there at the close.

However, the covers came on just before 5pm and no further play was possible.

The start had also been delayed by drizzle but, having elected to bat first, Rogers and Robson soon made light of the conditions to add to the 744 runs scored between them in the first three County Championship matches this season.

The pair guided Middlesex through to lunch at 84-0, their fourth half century stand of the campaign.

However, Rogers fell in the first over after lunch, caught behind by Tim Ambrose off the bowling of Boyd Rankin.

Denly, in at three, played the patient partner while Robson regularly found the fence to reach his century off just 127 balls.

They were on the verge of a hundred partnership when the spin of Jeetan Patel accounted for Denly, stumped by Ambrose, to leave Middlesex on 180-2.

New man Malan was in no mood to hang around, scoring his 37 at almost a run-a-ball, including seven fours.

But he was Patel’s second victim, falling lbw shortly before tea, and Robson and Dexter negotiated a trickier evening session without further damage before the rain set in.



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