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County Championship: Surrey defeated Yorkshire by 10 wickets to win title

County Championship: Surrey defeated Yorkshire by 10 wickets to win title

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Surrey has won the County Championship title with one match remaining
LV = County Championship Division One, The Micky Stewart Oval (Day Three)
Surrey 333: Pope 136, Clark 55; Patterson 4-69 & 55-0: Burns 30*
yorkshire 179: Kohler-Cadmore 55, Tattersall 45*; Laws 4-31 & 208: Lyth 46, Bess 43; Worral 4-61
Surrey (22 points) defeated Yorkshire (3 points) by 10 wickets
Match Scorecard

Surrey sealed their 20th outright County Championship title when they defeated Yorkshire by 10 wickets in three days at The Oval.

After knocking out the Tykes for 208, skipper Rory Burns hit 30 in 16 balls as the hosts made the 55 it took to win.


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Surrey’s first title since 2018 was made possible by rivals Hampshire lost to Kent by 77 runs at home.

Dan Worrall had previously finished 4-61 to help sack Yorkshire, which had resumed at 89-2.

Surrey’s triumph, their first trophy under head coach Gareth Batty, was completed with a game over as they won for the eighth time in 13 unbeaten red ball games this summer.

Yorkshire’s chances of turning the game around took an almost immediate blow when Cameron Steel, surprisingly given the first over of the day from the Vauxhall End, threw Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 11 with a googly.

Adam Lyth struggled for nearly an hour before both he and Will Fraine fell into the space of two balls.

Jordan Clark ripped one off the seam to bowl Fraine before Roach swung one away to remove former England Test opener Lyth for 46, caught on the third slip.

Yorkshire skipper Jonny Tattersall then hit a leg lift from Jamie Overton to keeper Ben Foakes before Worrall tipped one that stayed a little low in Jordan Thompson’s pads.

England spinner Dom Bess fought hard with 43 from 71 balls, but could only fend off a steeply rising ball from Roach to Foakes.

Worrall then pitched both Ben Mike and former Tykes skipper Steve Patterson to finish the innings.

While Tattersall took off his wicketkeeping pads to bowl some leg breaks and improve Yorkshire’s overrate, captain Burns and opening partner Ryan Patel needed just 36 balls to knock off the required runs – and get the party started.

How Surrey won the title

Surrey captain Rory Burns hits the winning points
Surrey skipper Rory Burns hit the winning runs to take the title at The Oval

Analysis – Mark Baldwin, ECB Reporters’ Network

Of the 22 players who have played for Surrey in the County Championship this season, 11 are homegrown, having been nurtured by the county’s age-group teams and their academy.

One of those players, 19-year-old sailor Tom Lawes, is at the top of their Championship bowling averages with 18 wickets at an 8pm average of the first five matches he has played in his embryonic career, having been 4 31 in Yorkshire’s first game. collections.

Surrey’s triumph was based on a deep batting order and a relentless fast bowling attack, with Worrall now having 39 wickets at 24:15, Roach 25 at 24:04, Overton 33 at 24:72 and Clark 30 at 33:86.

Another youthful fast, Gus Atkinson, 24, and like Lawes a product of Surrey’s youth system, has taken 13 wickets in his four appearances and – as in this match – they have often drafted five frontline pace bowlers in their Championship XIs.

The longtime championship leaders decisively defeated Hampshire in their only meeting this season, in mid-April, and are well-deserved winners.

Championship win is ‘very special’ – comment

Surrey and England batter Ollie Pope on BBC Radio 5 sports extra:

“This is as special as it gets. The County Championship season is a seriously long season and you’ve put in a lot of hard work.

“It starts in April and the number of days of cricket you play all lead to days like this. Crossing the line is very special. It was a lovely way to finish, but I would have gladly taken two ducks if it meant that we won .

“[After finishing with England] The coaches asked if I wanted to play and left it up to me, but there was no doubt about it. We had to do what we had to do to win the trophy, so I made myself available and wanted to contribute.”

Surrey Director of Cricket Alec Stewart:

“We really won this championship as a team. So many players contributed significantly to this achievement, and I would also like to include those who haven’t really played much.

“Often the hallmark of good sides is the strength, depth and attitude of the whole squad and that’s what you can definitely say this summer about the 22 that represented us in the league, plus a few others who didn’t play at all. .

“Management has also played a huge part in this title win, from Gareth Batty as interim head coach and our two interim batting and bowling coaches, Jim Troughton and Azhar Mahmood.

“We had to reorganize our management group last winter, with Vikram Solanki going to the IPL to coach Gujarat and hiring Richard Johnson as head coach at Middlesex, so this success is also a great achievement from them.”

Surrey head coach Gareth Batty:

“It’s nice for the players to have crossed the line and can relax and enjoy the last game next week. We used 22 players, not because of drastic injury situations, but mainly because of the loss of players for international service.

“To keep such a squad at a high level of skill and consistency is a very proud moment for all the management personnel.

“And having Rory Burns consistently back at the helm is gold. You don’t win anything without senior players. He leads all of our senior players. Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes were also ready to play at Northants last week, which speaks volumes for what’s happening inside the group.”

Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson:

“First of all, congratulations to Surrey. Over the three days they were miles ahead of where we are now. They have played championship winning cricket all year and we haven’t reached that level yet.

“But as I said to the boys in the locker room as Surrey sang their team anthem, ‘We’re in a bit of a transition, but there’s no reason why we can’t do the same in a year or two’.”