BICKNELL - BATSMEN WILL RESTORE ORDER
Middlesex 325 (Harris 4-86)
Notts 181 (Swann 53)
Middlesex 345-4 declared
Notts 128-1 (Bicknell 62, Gallian 56*)
Rain washed out all but eight overs on the final day to rescue thebatting line-up after being bowled out for 181 in the first innings.
But Bicknell believes that performance was just a blip and has promiseda big opening partnership from himself and fellow opener Jason Gallian.
He said: ?I think we got the worst of the conditions in our firstinnings and I?m sure we?ll get ourselves right against Warwickshire.
?Hopefully Jason and I will set our stall out as we did in the secondinnings of this match and prepare the team for a big total.
?We?ve all been batting well this season and although there have been acouple of low totals recently, the confidence in the dressing room isstill very high.?
After bowling out the visitors for a par total of 325, we were undoneby career-best swing bowling from Peter Trego on day two which put uson the back foot for the rest of the match.
As the pitch flattened batting became easier and Middlesex set a huge victory target of 530 for us to chase.
Bicknell and Gallian produced a 115-run partnership to ease any worriesof defeat and rain guaranteed an extra four points to help us stay inthe Championship race.