Warwickshire v Middlesex: Trott & Bell lead hosts reply
|County Championship Division One, Edgbaston|
|Close, day three: Middlesex 428-5 dec, Warwickshire 267-5|
|Middlesex 6pts, Warwickshire 3pts|
Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell scored half centuries for Warwickshire against Middlesex ahead of next week's first Test between England and New Zealand.
Middlesex declared overnight on 428-5 and Laurie Evans (59) gave the hosts a solid start, before he retired hurt with a broken bone in his hand.
Trott (65), Bell (62) and Tim Ambrose (55) also contributed as the home side closed 161 behind on 267-5.
England's Steven Finn was wicketless, but Corey Collymore took 3-38.
Tim Murtagh claimed the other two Warwickshire wickets to fall, getting rid of Trott and also Bears captain Jim Troughton for a third-ball duck.
Trott's half century was his first at Edgbaston in three years but bodes well ahead of next week's opening Test of the summer at Lord's, especially as he made 96 against Sussex at Hove last week.
Bell's 105-ball knock contained eight fours before he was out trying to work former Warwickshire team-mate Collymore off his legs.