Ollie Robinson has left Sussex poised for a second Championship win of the season.

But rain and bad light at Lord’s prevented them from wrapping up success over Middlesex at Lord’s today.

Robinson tore out the heart out of the home side’s top order with figures of 4-23, which included a burst of 3-8 in 14 balls.

When the weather closed in, Middlesex were 61-4, still needing 282 to make Sussex bat again.

Max Holden edged a ball from Robinson leaving him a touch on the off-stump line to Luke Wells at fourth slip.

Rain and bad light forced an early lunch but Robinson returned to devastating effect helped by grey skies and an array of slip fielders.

Moving the ball both ways off the seam, he castled Sam Robson (23) with one which trapped the former England man on the crease and bowled him through the gate.

Home skipper Dawid Malan was then undone by one which went the other way, feathering the thinnest of edges to Chris Jordan at first slip.

Then Steve Eskinazi poked tentatively at another ball on a nagging off-stump line to give Wells his second catch of the day.

Nick Gubbins and James Harris staved off any further disasters before the rain came again to prevent any further play.