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Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ryan Sidebottom with the LV County Championship Trophy

Champions celebrate in defeat

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Champions Yorkshire slipped to only their fourth County Championship defeat in 62 matches under Jason Gillespie as Middlesex took a stranglehold on second place in Division One with a 246-run victory, according to Sky Sports.  The visitors’ hopes of going the season unbeaten were dashed as, set 381 to win in a minimum of 96 overs after the hosts’ overnight declaration on 573-8, they slipped to 134 all out in 58 overs at Lord’s.

The defeat did not stop Gillespie’s men celebrating their second straight Championship triumph having sealed the title with two games to spare.   Toby Roland-Jones was the star for Middlesex with 5-27, including two wickets in an over after lunch and, overall, four in three overs from the Pavilion End – that following the 27-year-old’s maiden century on day three.

James Harris had earlier set Middlesex on their way by removing England Test duo Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance in the 13th over to reduce the visitors to 28-2.   Alex Lees (62) and Andrew Gale steadied matters with a third-wicket stand of 64, before Neil Dexter trapped Gale lbw for 17. Lees, caught at second slip shortly afterwards, was Yorkshire’s only batsman to make it beyond 20 in overcast conditions

When Roland-Jones then had Jack Leaning caught at first slip and Andy Hodd caught behind for a golden duck, they were two of four wickets to fall in 13 balls as they collapsed from 111-4 to 115-8 – Tim Bresnan and James Middlebrook the others to depart.  Roland-Jones had Jack Brooks caught at third slip at 117-9, prompting Tim Murtagh to wrap up the win by bowling Steve Patterson.

The Division One relegation battle between Somerset and Hampshire at Taunton ended in a draw after the visitors batted throughout the final day. Jimmy Adams (136), James Vince (77) and Will Smith (50) all dug in to ensure Hampshire took a seven-point draw from a game they were chasing from the afternoon of the opening day.

Resuming the day on 258-1 – with Adams 117no alongside Vince (69no) – and still needing 132 to make Somerset bat again, the visitors lost Vince in the sixth over of the day when he was caught at gully off Craig Overton before rain forced the players off for 45 minutes.

Once it had cleared, Adams and Smith took Hampshire through to lunch on 309-2 only for the former to be caught behind soon after off Peter Trego for 136.

Still, there was no further joy for Somerset before tea, which was taken with Hampshire 370-3, and although Smith drove occasional off-spinner Tom Cooper to mid-on, the players shook hands on a draw at 4.20pm with Hampshire 411-4d.

Glamorgan’s hopes of finishing third in Division Two suffered a setback as Kent picked up a 316-run win at Cardiff, despite Colin Ingram scoring an unbeaten 105 for the Welsh outfit.

Resuming the final day on 101-2 towards a target of 554, Glamorgan proceeded to fold for 237 as Darren Stevens and Matt Coles shared nine wickets between them for Kent, who notched only their fourth win of the season.

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