Weekes gives Middlesex the initiative

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Paul Weekes hit his second century of the season as Middlesex put themselves in command against Northampton- shire at Northampton.

The 27-year-old cracked 20 fours in his Championship-best 133 not out off 215 balls which guided the visitors to 232 for 3 at the close - a lead of 217 with seven wickets standing.

Weekes and John Carr (57) led a fine recovery after Middlesex, who began their second innings 15 runs adrift, had lost Jason Pooley and Mike Gatting to Paul Taylor with only 21 on the board. They added 120 before John Emburey - missing for the first five hours of play as he gave evidence in the Imran/Botham/Lamb libel case - did the trick for Northamptonshire.

Emburey joined the attack and struck with his second delivery, having Carr caught by David Capel at slip.

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