Surrey secure County Championship title with overwhelming victory over Yorkshire

Surrey sealed their second County Championship title in five years after beating Yorkshire by 10 wickets in three days at The Oval.

The White Rose, down for two in the day’s 65 runs in their second innings with 89 – after being dismissed in response to Surrey’s first innings 333 for 179 – were again bowled for 208, with Dan Worrall claiming four for 61.

That left Surrey just 55 points to win, and their 22-point win put them 27 points clear at the top of Division One – an unassailable lead with just one game to go.

It took captain Rory Burns and teammate Ryan Patel just 37 balls to hit the required runs.

Hampshire’s dream of winning the title for the first time in 49 years ended when they lost to Kent by 77 runs.

Joe Weatherley, James Vince and James Fuller – not out with 56, 73 and 78 respectively – had given the hosts a chance for an unlikely 378 pursuit in the Ageas Bowl.

But Hampshire’s hopes of repeating the 1961 and 1973 champions were dashed – Nathan Gilchrist took four for 60, including the winning wicket, when the hosts reached just 300.

Tom Price posted an inspired career best of eight for 23 and match counts of 10 for 73 to lead Gloucestershire to a three-wicket triumph over Warwickshire in Bristol.

Gloucestershire have accumulated 21 points but their first win in 13 attempts at red ball cricket this summer has come too late to save them from relegation.

As for Warwickshire, they remain second from the bottom of the table and look set to join Gloucestershire in Division Two next year with a game to go.

Somerset will go into the final day of his game against Northamptonshire at Taunton in a strong position, knowing victory will ensure Division One survival.

With a 401 lead and nine wickets in the second innings still in hand, the home side can count on at least a draw, which would put them 17 points ahead of second-bottom Warwickshire.

Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire suffered only their second loss of the season after losing by one innings and 79 runs to Worcestershire at New Road.

The home side conceded the four remaining wickets of Nottinghamshire’s second innings in 70 minutes as they were sacked for 183 in 52.2 overs.

Middlesex are within sight of a win that will put them squarely in contention for the title after Leicestershire’s lackluster punching power undid their good work with the ball.

Skipper Callum Parkinson notched four for 69 and young leg spinner Rehan Ahmed a career-best three for 50 as Middlesex collapsed from 209 for three to 271 in his second innings and lost his last seven wickets for 62 to Mark Stoneman (81). and Max Holden (91) had wagered 165 for the fourth wicket.

They left Leicestershire with a fourth-innings goal of 275 to record their first win of the season. Instead, they’re in big trouble with 13 to four going into the final day.

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel picked up his first five-wicket move for Glamorgan to help them secure the home win over Derbyshire.

The Welsh county need a further seven wickets on the final day to keep the pressure on Middlesex in the race for second place in promotion.

Durham took a wicket at Seat Unique Riverside before rain set in to halt their battle for the win with Sussex nine to four.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/surrey-rory-burns-yorkshire-middlesex-nottinghamshire-b2173318.html Surrey secure County Championship title with overwhelming victory over Yorkshire

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