Middlesex v Hampshire: Hosts' bowling effort in draw relegates Warwickshire

Steven Finn
Middlesex and England pace bowler Steven Finn took 3-41 in Hampshire's first innings
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Uxbridge (day four):
Middlesex 204: Edwards 5-79 & 14-1
Hampshire 146: Finn 3-41, Helm 3-43
Middlesex (9 pts) drew with Hampshire (8 pts)

Middlesex bowled out Hampshire for 146 on day four of a draw at Uxbridge - a result which confirmed Warwickshire's relegation from Division One.

Only 59 overs were possible on the first three days at Uxbridge, ruining any chance of a win for either side.

Middlesex posted 204 in their first innings, with Fidel Edwards taking 5-79 for the visitors, who were then dismissed in 36.1 overs.

Rain brought an early finish with Middlesex 14-1 in their second innings.

Warwickshire were beaten inside three days by newly-crowned champions Essex and, with Somerset beating Lancashire on Friday, Middlesex's tally of bonus points in their drawn game sent the Bears down with two matches remaining.

Middlesex, the 2016 champions, have now slipped into the relegation zone after Yorkshire's game at Surrey ended in a draw.

James Franklin's side are level on points with sixth-placed Somerset, who are above them in the table having won one more game this season.

Hampshire's eight points have taken them 18 behind second-placed Lancashire.

Hampshire head coach Craig White told BBC Radio Solent: "It was quite a tricky pitch, there was a little bit of seam movement and it was hard to bat on for both teams.

"With our depleted team it was always going to be tough, so to get out of that with a draw is a reasonable result for us.

"At the start, I thought that pitch wouldn't suit Fidel, but he found a way, the ball was swinging so he pitched it up and you couldn't get the ball out of his hand.

"It's going to be a bun fight (to avoid relegation) at the end. Every point now is crucial, that's how we're looking at it."

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