Sep 13 2011 By Tim Street
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BOTH Middlesex’s title and promotion hopes look set to go to the wire following an extraordinary first day in their final game at Leicestershire.
Before the start of play, Angus Fraser’s men held a 12 and 13 point lead over title rivals Surrey and Northants respectively at the top of Division Two of the County Championship.
And when Tim Murtagh and Corey Collymore reduced the hosts to 4-3 after taking the wickets of Matthew Boyce, Will Jones and England Lion James Taylor, it looked like the champagne could be put on ice.
However, Leicestershire dug in, and a fifth-wicket stand of 131 between Greg Smith and Ned Eckerlsey at the heart of a recovery which saw them post 319 from their first innings.
And with Surrey passing the 400 runs against Derbyshire, and Northants passing 300 against Gloucestershire, the pressure will be on the Middlesex batsmen to claim maximum batting points on day two.