Match action from the third day's play at Lord's between Middlesex and Essex in the Specsavers County Championship. Having declared on 507 for 7, Middlesex then dismissed Essex for 295 in their first innings, but declined to enforce the follow on. Batting again, Middlesex rapidly added another 239 to their total for the loss of three wickets, before declaring, to set Essex an unlikely target on 452 to win. At stumps on day three Essex had reached 19 for 0 in reply, with a further 433 runs required on the fourth and final day for victory.

After taking 4 for 51 in Essex's first innings, Steven Finn chats to Middlesex Cricket's Media Manager, Steve Fletcher, at the close of the third day's play at Lord's.