County Championship: Surrey beat Yorkshire by 10 wickets to win the title


Surrey skipper Rory Burns won the races to claim the title at The Oval
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; Worrall 4-61
Surrey (22 points) beat Yorkshire (3 points) by 10 wickets
Match scoreboard

Surrey sealed their 20th county championship title with a 10-wicket win over Yorkshire in three days at The Oval.

After the Tykes were bowled out for 208, skipper Rory Burns hit 30 off 16 balls as the hosts made the required 55 to win.

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

Dan Worrall, who had earlier finished with 4-61 to help dismiss Yorkshire, resumed with 89-2.

Surrey’s win, manager Gareth Batty’s first trophy, was completed with a game to spare as they won for the eighth time in 13 unbeaten red ball games this summer.

Yorkshire’s chances of turning the game around suffered an almost immediate blow as Cameron Steele surprisingly scored his first goal of the day at the Vauxhall End with an 11-kick to Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

Adam Lyth battled it out for nearly an hour before both he and Will Fraine fell in the space of two balls.

Jordan Clark pulled one back through the seam to bowl Fraine, before Roach edged one away to remove former England Test opener Lyth for 46, caught at third slip.

Yorkshire skipper Jonny Tattersall touched a leg lifter from Jamie Overton past keeper Ben Foakes, before Worrall angled one that kept just low on Jordan Thompson’s pads.

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

Worrall then bowled former Tykes skipper Ben Mike and Steve Patterson to end the innings.

Tattersall was taking his legs off to make some breaks and improve Yorkshire’s rate, then captain Burns and opening partner Ryan Patel needed just 36 balls to make the runs and start the celebrations.

How did Surrey win the title?

Analysis – Mark Baldwin, ECB Journalists’ Network

Of the 22 players who have featured in the County Championship for Surrey this season, 11 are homegrown, having been nurtured through the county’s age groups and their academy.

One of those players, 19-year-old seamer Tom Lawes, is among his Championship bowling averages with 18 wickets at an average of 20.00 from the first five matches of his embryonic career, taking 4-31 in the first game in Yorkshire. tickets.

Surrey’s victory has been based on a deep batting order and a relentless bowling attack, in which Worrall now has 39 wickets at 24.15, Roach 25 at 24.04, Overton 33 at 24.72 and Clark 30 at 33.86.

Another young quick, Gus Atkinson, 24, who like Lawes is a product of Surrey’s youth system, has taken 13 wickets in his four appearances and – as in this game – has often featured five front-rowers in their Championship XIs.

The long-time Championship leaders beat Hampshire decisively in their only meeting this season in mid-April and are deserved winners.

Winning the championship is “very special” – the reaction

Surrey and England attack Ollie Pope on BBC Radio 5 Sport Extra: “This is as special as it gets. The Regional Championship season is a very long season and you put in a lot of work.

“It starts in April and the number of days of cricket you play leads to days like this. Getting over the line is very special.

“[After finishing with England] The coaches asked if I liked playing and they let me go, but there was no doubt for me. We had to do what we had to do to win the trophy, so I made myself available and wanted to contribute to win this game.

“It was very special [to score 136]. It was a nice way to finish, but I’d be happy to take two ducks if he said we won this game.”