Tykes seal title with innings win


Published: Saturday 13th September 2014 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire sealed their 32nd County Championship as they wrapped up a comprehensive victory over Nottinghamshire, winning by an innings and 152 runs at Trent Bridge.

Ryan Sidebottom finished with figures of six for 30 after taking four on the final morning, helping his side quickly rattle off the five wickets required by bowling Nottinghamshire out for 177 an hour before lunch.

James Taylor (75) stood firm until he was last out, Sidebottom appropriately clinching the deal thanks to a safe catch by substitute fielder Rich Pyrah at point.

With regular captain Andrew Gale banned – and controversially prevented even from celebrating on the field with his team-mates – stand-in Joe Root accepted the trophy.

”This is obviously very special … to get this opportunity is very memorable,” he said.

”I didn’t expect to captain the side but unfortunately it came about, in bad circumstances, and it’s credit to Galey that the way he has captained the side made it very easy for me this week.

”For a big club like us not to have won anything for such a long period of time is obviously very frustrating.”

Nottinghamshire went into this match hoping for a victory which would have put them right back in the frame for the title themselves, but instead ended the week in third place after Warwickshire secured a crushing victory over Northamptonshire at Edgbaston, winning by an innings and 16 runs.

Northamptonshire’s defeat was their 11th in 14 matches in a wretched season and their seventh by an innings and the only bright spot was another innings of promise from Ben Duckett.

The former England Under-19 captain followed up last week’s maiden century against Somerset with a busy 71 but it was not enough to make Warwickshire bat again as they were dismissed for 284 in their second innings.

Durham, champions last season, finally secured their survival as they beat Middlesex by 141 runs on the back of Chris Rushworth’s figures of three for 74.

Durham’s win, their fourth of the season, was fully deserved for two reasons.

The visitors twice fought back from poor starts with the bat to post decent totals, while their seam attack – led by 28-year-old Rushworth – was consistently more dangerous than Middlesex’s – with the honourable exception of Tim Murtagh, who took 10 for 192 in the match.

The defeat for Middlesex leaves them in a precarious position although the clear favourites to suffer the drop must be Lancashire after they allowed Sussex to complete a swift run chase and win by seven wickets at Hove.

The home side banished any fears that they might be dragged into a battle at the bottom of the table by chasing a target of 251 in 59 overs with 12.3 overs to spare with skipper Ed Joyce, Chris Nash and Craig Cachopa all making half-centuries.

That leaves Lancashire on the brink of a second relegation in three years as they sit second from bottom, 12 points behind Middlesex.

The sides meet at Old Trafford in the final match but Middlesex have a game in hand against Somerset at Taunton starting on Monday.

In Division Two, Worcestershire secured their fifth promotion in 12 seasons on the back of a stunning all-round performance by Jack Shantry at New Road.

Shantry, the 26-year-old Shropshire-born left-arm seamer and left-handed batsman, achieved the rare feat of 10 wickets and a century in a match as Worcestershire squirmed out of near-hopeless situations twice in 24 hours to snatch a 27-run win against Surrey.

Will Gidman marked his final home appearance for Gloucestershire with a century as their match with Leicestershire ended in a draw.

The all-rounder, who is joining Nottinghamshire next season, hit an unbeaten 104 as the hosts batted for the whole of the final day to score 306 for nine in their second innings.

Charlie Shreck (three for 44) briefly gave Leicestershire hopes of victory, but in the end both sides settled for 11 points from a match dominated by the bat.

Published: Saturday 13th September 2014 by The News Editor

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