Topley topples Middlesex

CRICKET: Essex youngster Reece Topley ensured his side enjoyed the better of the first day’s play in their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Lord’s against Middlesex. In only his third first-class appearance, the 17-year-old caught the eye with a second successive five-wicket haul. Nine home batsmen made 15 or more but none could better opener Scott Newman’s 38 as Middlesex were dismissed for 277. Essex’s reply was 11 balls in when bad light ended play.