O'Brien emerges from the gloom

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Iain O'Brien

After the unusual run-out of Will Jefferson, Iain O'Brien struck against his former county in removing Paul Nixon

Middlesex used the 9.2 overs possible on the first day of the LV= County Championship match at Grace Road to remove two experienced Leicestershire batsmen.

The home side, who were bowled out for just 71 by Glamorgan in their last Division Two match, were soon in trouble again, lurching to the close at 23 for two.

The start was delayed until 5pm as the groundstaff battled against steady rain.

When play did get under way, Middlesex won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Leicestershire in to bat on a green-looking pitch.

Will Jefferson, fit again after injury, resumed to open the innings for the home side but was run out in bizarre fashion in the first over without a run on the board.

Pushing forward to a delivery from Tim Murtagh, he was rapped on the pad and the ball went to Neil Dexter at second slip. With Jefferson still out of his crease, Dexter ran him out with a direct hit.

Paul Nixon soon followed, edging to wicketkeeper John Simpson off Iain O'Brien to leave Leicestershire 16 for two.

But Middlesex’s progress was halted after two balls of the 10th over when the teams were forced off again for bad light. When rain began to fall again soon afterwards, play was called off for the day.

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