Surrey hammer Yorkshire to win County Championship
Captain Rory Burns hit the winning boundary to give Surrey a 22-point victory.© Twitter
Surrey beat Yorkshire by 10 wickets in three days to win their second County Championship title in five years at the Oval on Thursday. Yorkshire, after a four-day match, were bowled out for 208 – after scoring 179 in reply to Surrey’s first innings 333 – with Australian pacer Daniel Worrall making 4–61. Surrey needed just 55 runs to win, knowing that second-placed Hampshire had already lost to Kent in Southampton.
Surrey captain Rory Burns, who was dismissed by England as an opener, hit the winning boundary to give Surrey a 22-point win, helping them stay 27 points ahead of neighboring Hampshire, with more to play. There was only one round left.
Surrey’s eighth win in 13 matches this season meant they remained the only county to lose this season in two divisions of the championship.
Their 21st title was their south London headquarters being renamed the Mickey Stewart Oval, in honor of their 90-year-old former captain and manager, captain of their 1971 championship-winning side.
For Hampshire, the loss at home to Kent extended a 49-year wait for the south coast club’s third championship title and denied them a double after a Twenty20 Blast win in July.
Hampshire have won nine of Surrey’s eight championship games, but a third defeat was completely sealed when they were bowled out for just 57 by Kent to concede a 108-run first innings shortfall. .
Half-centuries from Joe Weatherly, captain James Vince and James Fuller kept Hampshire in the hunt to chase down the target of 378.
But his hopes of adding titles in 1961 and 1973 were dashed when he was bowled out for 300, with pacer Nathan Gilchrist scoring 4-60.
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