CricinfoIn the most dramatic scenes imaginable, Middlesex secured their first County Championship title since 1993 when Toby Roland-Jones claimed a hat-trick, in a six-wicket haul, to bowl out Yorkshire out for 178 with 4.4 overs of the season remaining
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by David Hopps9/23/2016 2:38:05 PM
Middlesex win title
Toby Roland-Jones settles it with a hat-trick
Yorkshire go down by 61 runs with 28 balls left
Middlesex first Championship win since 1993
Six for Roland Jones, 10 in match
Captains agree declaration "through toilet door"
Contrived run chase on dead pitch leaves Somerset second
Ninth Somerset runners-up in all comps since 2009
"Disappointing but understandable" - Trescothick
No Great Escape 2 for Hampshire - lose by six wickets and are relegated
Lancs beaten at Edgbaston but survive
Ben Duckett re-signs at Northants
Derbyshire remain winless to the end
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Good morning All - here we go then. Going to hard to concentrate today. No ridiculously contrived declarations please
by Mark Boyle9/23/2016 8:38:40 AM
by StaggerBreaths9/23/2016 8:39:30 AM
Hope Middlesex have decided their best bet is to grind it out until tea and then set up a T20 knowing that Yorkshire have to go for whatever the target is
by Will Colwell9/23/2016 8:39:33 AM
I'm going to find it too tricky to follow the Lord's game today, from an emotional perspective. Fortunately, at least this morning, the Kiwis are setting up a blinder of a Test.
by StaggerBreaths9/23/2016 8:40:49 AM
Also Fidlerrr just gave us a plug here, good on him. Although he did so by bringing up our opinion of Kohli - so expect the descending of furious Indian fans...
by StaggerBreaths9/23/2016 8:41:38 AM
by StaggerBreaths9/23/2016 8:41:57 AM
We'll know by lunch who'll win the title, talks of Middx setting a target are premature at this point, if you consider that realistically they'd need 50 overs at Yorks, that means they've got 40 overs to put on 300 odd runs to set Yorks 5 an over, even with our brittle batting line up (mockers alert) I just can't see how Middx can win with the time left in the game. As for Yorks, with it nearly being parity, we'll need to have them close to out by lunch to realistically have a chance. Personally I think Somerset and the Lords' pitch have won this one.
by Joe T Williams9/23/2016 8:45:03 AM
@Hoppsy I know you are busy setting up today's page but do you know much traffic went through this page yesterday - you posted something about it but I cant find it
by Mark Boyle9/23/2016 8:45:51 AM
By the way, I feel utterly privileged to have seen (some of) Buck's last ever innings in the flesh. He timed some absolute beauties through midwicket (considering he often looks pretty scratchy). What a way to bow out, and it would be perfectly fitting for a great player and a great man to bow out with twin tons in a title winning performance.
by Will Colwell9/23/2016 8:47:28 AM
by Mark Boyle9/23/2016 8:48:05 AM
Hello Mark - that's confidential I'm afraid but if you imagined we beat the numbers at the Royal London Cup final you would not be far wrong.... so let's hope it comes back next year