Middlesex-Warwickshire: Bears saved by Westwood & Troughton
|County Championship Division One, Uxbridge|
|Close, day two: Middlesex 402, Warwickshire 178-2|
|Middlesex 4pts, Warwickshire 2pts|
Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton combined with predecessor Ian Westwood at Uxbridge to drag the Bears back into the Championship clash with Middlesex.
After the home side extended their overnight 324-7 to be all out for 402 at lunch, the Bears then suffered a little indigestion, slipping to 26-2.
But Westwood (89) and Troughton (60) remained unparted through most of two sessions as the Bears reached 178-2.
Earlier, Chris Woakes and Chris Wright both completed four-wicket hauls.
Middlesex were left to rue two dropped catches at Uxbridge as the Bears battled their way back into the contest.
Left-handers Westwood and Troughton both received a life during an unbroken stand worth 152.
Troughton should have gone with his score on 2 when he fenced at a Tim Murtagh lifter only for Ollie Rayner to spill a regulation chance at second slip.
Former skipper Westwood also had a let-off when Rayner, diving to his left at backward square-leg grassed a difficult opportunity, allowing the Bears batsman to pass his season's previous best score of 70.
He had also received ice pack treatment earlier after receiving a blow to the left temple when on 55 after a Toby Roland-Jones squeezed between helmet peak and grille.