Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Warwickshire bag first County Championship title since 2012. Following Lancashire's win against Hampshire, Warwickshire needed to beat Somerset and they cruised to a 118-run win.
Following Lancashire's win against Hampshire, Warwickshire needed to beat Somerset and they cruised to a 118-run win.
Warwickshire claimed their first County Championship title since 2012 after bundling Somerset out on the final day at Edgbaston. Following Lancashire's win against Hampshire on Thursday (September 23), Warwickshire had to beat Somerset to become Champions. Having set Somerset 273 to win in 79 overs, Chris Woakes and Craig Miles took three wickets apiece to dismiss the visitors for 154, sealing a 118-run victory and the Championship title.
The other outstanding game in Division One ended in victory for Nottinghamshire, by five wickets over Yorkshire at Trent Bridge. Notts opener Ben Slater carried his bat for 79 not out and a half-century from Ben Duckett helped the home side get to their victory target of 174 for the loss of five wickets. Notts finished third in the standings, just half a point behind Lancashire in second.
As the two top teams in Division One, Warwickshire and Lancashire will compete in the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord's next week.
The game at the Oval ended in farcical circumstances with Glamorgan's wicket-keeper Chris Cooke taking the new ball, the 11th bowler used by the visitors as Surrey plundered runs on a flat pitch. The home side eventually declared their first innings, mercifully bringing the game to an end, on 722 for 4 after Ollie Pope made 274 and Hashim Amla 163. In all, just ten wickets fell across the four days of uninterrupted action for 1,394 runs.
Essex and Gloucestershire sealed their wins against Northants and Durham on the second day.
Kent scored the 98 runs they required for victory against Middlesex at Canterbury which meant they finished top of Division Three. Tawanda Muyeye made 89 while there were crucial lower order contributions from Marcus O'Riordan (26) and Grant Stewart, who made 37 not out. Kent eventually reached their target of 373 for the lost of eight wickets.
Derbyshire and Worcestershire secured victories on the third day of their matches against Sussex and Leicestershire respectively.