Middlesex 374 for 3 (Robson 111, Eskinazi 102, Holden 62*, Malan 59*) beat Warwickshire 246 ( Sibley 89, Hollman 4-34) by 128 runs
Dominic Sibley made 89 in the run-chase, but Warwickshire could only muster 246 and were not helped by an injury for Michael Burgess, sustained behind the stumps when he dropped Eskinazi on 10.
Oliver Hannon-Dalby should have claimed Eskinazi’s scalp when he had made 10. However, wicketkeeper Burgess not only failed to cling on to the chance but dislocated his thumb in the process. Fellow opener Mark Stoneman soon hooked the same bowler down the throat of deep square, but it was scant compensation.
New batter Robson was felled by a short ball from George Garrett early in his innings, but once the green tinge left the hybrid pitch, he and Eskinazi took charge. Both men hit beautifully over cover and Eskinazi struck the first six of the day back over the bowler’s head.
Robson was the first to 50 at a little over a run a ball while Eskinazi made it to 600 runs in this year’s competition when he reached 60. Robson narrowly won the race to three figures, too, a six back over Hannon-Dalby’s head as 10 fours took him to his century in 95 balls. One ball later the crowd were on their feet again to laud Eskinazi’s latest ton from 104 balls.
It took a deflection onto the stumps at the bowler’s end to run out Eskinazi and bring their stand to a close and Robson holed out in the deep soon afterwards.
Their departures though brought little respite for Warwickshire as Max Holden (62 not out) and Pieter Malan (59 not out) plundered a hundred partnership from the final 52 balls, the former clubbing a six almost into the pavilion, while the South African’s maximum threatened those queuing for an ice-cream.
On a day when England crumbled in the Test, their former opener Sibley opened positively in reply driving strongly both straight and through cover, finding the fence nine times in reaching 50 in 62 balls. The problem for Warwickshire was no-one could provide the sense of permanence to stay with him and chase down such a target.
The in-form Rob Yates missed out nicking one from Toby Greatwood to wicketkeeper Joe Cracknell and skipper Will Rhodes soon followed him back to the pavilion when Martin Andersson spread-eagled his stumps.
Matt Lamb flourished briefly in a stand of 53 only to then be castled by the returning Greatwood and Ethan Brookes was another to get a start before falling lbw to Luke Hollman. The young leg-spinner would strike again in his next over too bowling 16-year-old Hamsa Shaikh around his legs.
Sibley’s stout resistance ended when he edged Max Harris through to Cracknell and although Burgess bravely came out to bat he was yorked by Umesh Yadav as Middlesex ran out convincing winners. Hollman returned a career-best four for 34.