Middlesex head into today's Championship match with Derbyshire still desperately searching for an answer to their batting woes.
The Seaxes climbed off the bottom of the County Championship Division Two table this week, but it needed an eighth-wicket stand of 117 between Eion Morgan (51no) and Shaun Udal (66 no) to stave off a fifth successive defeat.
Only David Nash (62.75) and Owais Shah are averaging over 40 in Championship cricket, with Udal, primarily an off-spinner third in the averages (38.4). Morgan, Smith, Joyce and Godleman all made a score at one stage or another against Warwickshire.
But at a time when the bowling is weakened by injuries to Alan Richardson and Chris Silverwood, Middlesex must bat better as a unit if they are to produce the expected promotion push. Dawid Malan is one possible solution to the batting crisis. The youngster made 148 for the second XI against Hampshire last week - a knock which earnt him a call up for yesterday's FPT game with Essex at Lord's.
Sadly, Middlesex's chances of qualifying in the one-day competition were already over after both their weekend games with Sussex and Kent were both abandoned without a ball being bowled.