County Championship: Bears-Middlesex first day washed out

Rained off for the day at Edgbaston
Warwickshire's Edgbaston ground staged T20 Blast finals day on Saturday
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day one, close)
No play on day one because of rain
Match scorecardexternal-link

Rain prevented any play on the opening day of the County Championship match between Warwickshire and Middlesex.

After the morning's play was erased because of a wet outfield at Edgbaston, Middlesex won the toss and chose to bat, but the heavy rain returned before their openers could reach the middle.

An early tea was taken, before more torrential rain fell to leave standing water on the outfield.

Second-placed Middlesex began the game 27 points ahead of Warwickshire.

Tykes on the brink of retaining title
If Yorkshire take 18 points more than Middlesex in this round of matches they would will have the title all but secured even before the two teams meet at Lord's next week.

Middlesex are 30 points adrift of leaders Yorkshire, knowing that their outside title hopes would be all but over if they do not win at Edgbaston.

The Bears, in fourth, did not name England's Ian Bell in their team, on the say-so of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Bell appeared in Saturday's T20 Blast semi-final defeat by Northants, on the back of the announcement that he had retired from all one-day cricket.

Middlesex are seeking their first Championship win at Edgbaston since 2001, when Angus Fraser, now their managing director of cricket, captained them to a 129-run victory.

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