Aug 14 2011 By Yann Tear
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Middlesex v Northamptonshire - LVCC Division 2
MIDDLESEX are up against it going into the final day of their top of the table clash with Notts at Lord's.
They closed day three on 54-4 in their second innings and still trail by 24 runs after the league leaders posted 399 for a first innings lead of 82.
Middlesex hopes of wiping out the deficit without too much damamge were dashed when they lost Robson and Scott Newman cheaply - both lbw to Chaminda Vaas.
Dawid Malan and Neil Dexter were removed by South African Andrew Hall and the hosts face an uphill task to give their bowlers enough room to cause Northants trouble in their second innings.
Aussie Steven Crook (pictured) took 5-94 to prevent Northants from establishing an even bigger first innings lead. Mal Loye (87) and Niall O'Brien (50) top scored for the visitors.