Warwickshire end day one at 302 for seven against Middlesex
Warwickshire 302-7 (Clarke 83) v Middlesex
County Championship Division One, Birmingham, day one
Fifties from Matthew Lamb and Rikki Clarke helped Warwickshire recover and post 302 for seven at stumps on day one of the County Championship Division One clash against Middlesex in Birmingham.
Lamb, 20, was featuring in the second first-class game as a replacement for Ian Bell, who was ruled out due to elbow injury and brought his maiden half century after a shaky start to the innings.
Middlesex opted to field first in an uncontested toss. Andrew Umeed (14) and William Porterfield (3) fell early in the innings and were reduced to 19 for two.
Jonathan Trott (49) and Sam Hain (35) shared a 67 run stand for the third wicket to help them recover a bit before Ryan Higgins (2-38) got rid of the latter.
Trott missed out on his half-century by just one run but Lamb (51) looked solid along with Clarke (83) as they stitched together 78 run stand stand for the sixth wicket to take the total past the 200-run mark.
However, Middlesex managed to stage a comeback by dismissing both the set batsmen, with Clarke falling on the final delivery before stumps as Warwickshire reached 302 for seven.
James Harris (2-38) and Higgins were the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with two wickets apiece.
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