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Robson racks up career-best

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Sam Robson piled up an unbeaten 215, his highest first-class score, as Middlesex continued to punish Warwickshire's depleted attack on a rain-shortened second day of the LV= County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Robson turned his overnight 136 into the second double-century of his career and went past his previous best of 204, made against Oxford MCCU three years ago, before the rain set in.

He reached his double-hundred from 305 balls in just under seven hours and progressed to his new career-best in spectacular style by slog-sweeping Warwickshire's New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel for his first six over long-on.

Robson's efforts helped Middlesex reach 428 for five and collect maximum batting points, with the fifth arriving from the last ball of the 110th over.

Warwickshire, the defending champions, were left with just one bowling point and to regret dropping Robson for the second time in his innings.

This time it was Jonathan Trott, on the 10th anniversary of his Warwickshire debut, who put down a sharp caught-and-bowled chance going to his left when Robson had 141.

Warwickshire made the breakthrough when they took the second new ball as Neil Dexter, who batted pleasantly for his 46, miscued a pull off Boyd Rankin to mid-on where Trott moved sharply to his right to hold a well-judged catch.

Warwickshire again had to make sparing use of Rikki Clarke because the former England all-rounder was still recovering from the hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in last week's draw with Sussex.

Clarke was off-driven for two fours in an over by John Simpson, who fell just before lunch when he pushed forward to Patel and edged to Clarke at slip.

Rain delayed the afternoon session for 20 minutes and Warwickshire made Middlesex work hard for the 27 runs they needed in the first six overs after the interval to collect full batting points.

Robson's aggression after the fifth point was secured suggested that Middlesex were thinking about a declaration but the calculations of captain Chris Rogers were complicated by the rain which swept in from the west at 2:30pm.

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