Robson keen to build on fine start

16 April 2018 05:18:42 EST

Sam Robson believes there will be fun times ahead if Middlesex cope with early-season conditions as well as they did against Northamptonshire.

Ex-England batsman Robson is standing in as the county's captain while Dawid Malan is on prescribed rest from national duty and he tasted victory at the first attempt after Northamptonshire were dismissed for scores of 71 and 142 at Lord's.

"If we keep playing in games that we win by 160 runs it will be good fun," Robson said. "We knew a few days out it was going to be a green top because of all the bad weather.

"We knew it would be tough work batting all the way through but we got our heads around that."

The 2016 county champions - surprisingly relegated last September – had James Harris and Tim Murtagh to thank for the level of their victory. Harris bagged nine wickets while Ireland international Murtagh took eight.

"All the seamers were awesome all the way through the match - as a unit they were all superb," Robson added.

Middlesex take on Derbyshire in their second match of their Division Two campaign later this week. AL Hughes is 4/1 to be Derbyshire's top batsman in the County Championship this year while WA Godleman can be backed at 11/4.

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