County Championship: Toby Roland-Jones helps Middlesex take early management towards Worcestershire

Middlesex celebrate a wicket


Toby Roland-Jones (right) played four Tests for England in 2017
LV= County Championship Division Two, New Road, Worcester (day one)
Worcestershire: 167-8: D’Oliveira 44; Roland-Jones 3-32, Murtagh 2-36, Higgins 2-45
Middlesex: Yet to bat
Worcestershire (0 pts) lead Middlesex (2pts) by 167 runs with two wickets remaining
Match scorecard

Toby Roland-Jones picked up three wickets to take his first-class tally to a personal best of 66 in a season as promotion-chasing Middlesex took control on day one of their County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

The former England pace bowler exploited ideal conditions for seam bowling as he moved past his previous best haul of 64 victims in 2012.

He received excellent support from Middlesex captain Tim Murtagh and Ryan Higgins as Worcestershire were reduced to 167-8 on a day shortened to 68.5 overs by rain and bad light.

It enabled visitors to collect two of the maximum haul of 16 points needed to ensure promotion to Division One.