Middlesex make their move

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Toby Roland-Jones

Toby Roland-Jones' two wickets this morning gave him figures of 4-64 as Middlesex eased to a comprehensive win over Leicestershire

Middlesex strengthened their bid for promotion from Division Two of the LV= County Championship by completing a 10-wicket win over Leicestershire 40 minutes before lunch on the final day at Lord's.

Middlesex now take over at the top of Division Two, where they will remain after the current round of matches have been completed unless Northamptonshire recover to beat Surrey at Wantage Road.

Leicestershire, meanwhile, stay rooted to the bottom and now look odds-on to claim the wooden spoon.

Toby Roland-Jones picked up two of Leicestershire's three remaining wickets to finish with figures of 4-64, leaving Chris Rogers and Andrew Strauss to knock off the 36 runs required for victory in less than six overs.

With Leicestershire resuming on 308 for seven, Rob Taylor and Jigar Naik added a further seven, taking their eighth-wicket partnership to 48, before Naik, playing a loose drive, was caught at gully off Tim Murtagh.

Having earlier pulled Corey Collymore for four, Taylor hoisted Murtagh over midwicket for six, but in the ninth over of the day Nathan Buck, driving, was caught behind off the toe-end of his bat.

Roland-Jones also accounted for Taylor, bowled off a thick inside edge within touching distance of his second championship half-century in as many matches. Taylor's entertaining 49 from 75 balls included six fours and two sixes.

Middlesex's seventh win of the season saw them claim the maximum 24 points, while, for the first time this season, Leicestershire went away with none.

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