Gloucestershire 296 and 87 for 4 leaders Middlesex 242 (Malan 62, Charlesworth 3-25) for 141 races
Middlesex organized a spirited fight at the last minute Afternoon sadness to raise the prospect of victory over Gloucestershire on the last day of the Specsavers County Championship game at Brightside Ground.
After being defeated by 242 and conceding a first-inning deficit of 54, visitors were even more frustrated by the loss of 26 overs in bad light on a day when their hopes of staying out of the race of promotion of the Second Division are in danger of disappearing completely.
But his sewing bowlers regained the time lost during the final session, reducing Gloucestershire to 87 by 4, an advantage of 141 with six second-in-hand wickets.
In need of winning this game and then beating second-placed Kent next week to retain any chance of making an instant comeback to Division One, Middlesex will see k force the problem in the morning in the hope of establishing a realistic pursuit by the late.
But first they will have to find a way to overcome the stubborn Gloucestershire starter Miles Hammond, who will resume the 43rd after challenging the visitors for two hours and 45 minutes. You have already negotiated 108 balls and will require more of the same iron determination if you want to take your equipment to a safe place on the last day.
If the intention of Gloucestershire was to forge a significant advantage and then declare, they were quickly disillusioned. of the idea during an afternoon dotted with regular breaks by drizzle and low light. Feeling the opportunity to get back into contention, the battery of baseball players of the Middlesex brand took full advantage.
They were aided and abetted by the Gloucestershire captain, Chris Dent, who was unnecessarily eliminated by Nick Gubbins. James Bracey was next, James Fuller producing a hit to hit the southpaw.
Worse followed for the home team when Benny Howell threw Tim Murtagh into the midfield and Gareth Roderick went the same way, retained by Dawid Malan from the same bowler. Having seen three first order bats die in individual numbers, Gloucestershire was actually under the cosh at 59 for 4.
From then on, Hammond's defiant partner and fifth-wicket Jack Taylor adopted the resolute defense mode for see the final 11 envelopes without further setbacks, without medium achievements in increasingly challenging conditions. David Payne previously claimed three wickets in the 11-ball space to summarily add Middlesex's final resistance and put the hosts in a strong position at the end of a hard-fought morning session.
Continuing with 182 for 7, Middlesex added 60 races meticulously before Payne cleared the line to finish with 3-for-51 figures. James Harris and Ethan Bamber raised stubborn endurance in an eighth wicket position of 53 in 25 overs , but the advent of the second new ball was decisive. .
Gloucestershire made the much-needed breakthrough when Harris, having chiseled 35 of 84 balls, offered a catch back to Payne. Fuller came and went quickly, pushing a long ball from Payne and offering a direct catch to goalkeeper Roderick, while the last Murtagh cut a short throw to point without scoring, leaving Bamber high and dry on the 27th.