County Championship title race goes down to wire for Yorkshire ahead of Lord's showdown
Middlesex head into the end of season title showdown with a nine-point cushion over the White Rose, while third-placed Somerset can still leapfrog the pair if the match finishes drawn.
Yorkshire had arch rivals Lancashire to thank for batting out a draw in the rain-affected match against Middlesex at Old Trafford.
Middlesex declared on 240/8 soon into the afternoon session and gave themselves 40 overs to bowl Lancashire out, with a target of 309 on offer.
England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler led an early charge for the Red Rose.
But once he departed off Steven Finn's bowling, Lancashire were content to bat out for a share of the points and the captains shook hands after 26 overs, with the hosts on 80/1.
Somerset moved to within one of the White Rose and host relegated basement boys Nottinghamshire at Taunton next week.