County Championship: Warwickshire skipper Will Rhodes steers Bears into lead at Lord’s

Will Rhodes (95) and Danny Briggs (71) chose Lord's to hit the best score of the season

Will Rhodes (95) and Danny Briggs (71) both hit their best scores of the season at Lord’s
LV= County Championship Division One, Lord’s (day two)
Middlesex 121: De Caires 40; Hannon-Dalby 5-29
Warwickshire 228-6: Rhodes 95* Briggs 71*; Murtagh 5-55
Warwickshire (3 pts) lead Middlesex (1 pt) by 107 runs
Match scorecard

Warwickshire pair Will Rhodes and Danny Briggs both hit their season’s best first-class score in a century stand as the Bears threatened to spoil Tim Murtagh’s fairytale ending at Lord’s.

On a truncated day two, ended by rain an hour after lunch, Murtagh claimed two early scalps to complete a five-wicket haul on his last appearance for the county at the home of cricket.

But, having reduced the visitors to 95-6 inside the first hour, Rhodes (95) and Briggs (71) then added an unbroken 133 for the seventh wicket, to move the Bears on to 228-6, a lead of 107.

While veteran seamer Murtagh’s supporting cast lacked direction and rhythm, to add to Middlesex’s woes, all-rounder Ryan…