REPORT: Sussex hoping for strong final day at Lord's02-Jun-2012
Sussex are hoping for a strong fourth day at Lord's to prevent Middlesex claiming their third LV= County Championship win of the season.
Ollie Rayner and Toby Roland-Jones both made half-centuries as Middlesex scored 491 - their highest total of the season - before Steven Finn struck when Sussex went in again 208 runs behind.
Finn is hoping to benefit if the England selectors decide to rotate their seam attack for the third Test against West Indies next week.
He took his fourth wicket of the match when Ed Joyce slashed without moving his feet at a ball angled across him and Gareth Berg took a stinging catch in the gully.
Bad light frustrated Middlesex's hopes of making further inroads with 12 overs lost and Sussex will resume on the final day on 34 for one, still 174 runs behind.
Earlier, Middlesex had established a commanding first-innings lead although it was hard going for much of the day on a slow pitch offering little assistance to the bowlers.
Resuming on 229 for three, skipper Chris Rogers fell agonisingly short of his first hundred of the season when he shuffled in front of a full-length ball from Luke Wright and was leg before wicket for 98, having added 97 for the fourth wicket with Eoin Morgan.
Sussex broke through again before lunch when Steve Magoffin, armed with the second new ball, removed Morgan for 71 as he pushed half-forward to an outswinger which brushed the outside edge.
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