Yorkshire Win County Championship Title

Yorkshire clinched their first LV= County Championship title since 2001 after wrapping up an emphatic innings and 152-run victory over Nottinghamshire on the final morning at Trent Bridge.

Needing just five wickets to secure their 32nd title, Yorkshire, thanks to Ryan Sidebottom’s six-wicket haul, completed the task in just over an hour on day four.

Former Notts left-arm seamer Sidebottom returned to haunt his own team with figures of 6-30, including the winning wicket of James Taylor, to spark scenes of wild celebration on the outfield.

Sidebottom started the ball rolling in the third over by bowling nightwatchman Gary Keedy for a duck and then found Chris Read’s edge through to Jonny Bairstow to move the White Rose a step closer.

Luke Fletcher was the next to depart, edging Sidebottom to Adam Lyth at second slip and leg-spinner Adil Rashid put Yorkshire on the brink when he trapped Jake Ball lbw for a duck.

England hopeful Taylor fought valiantly for his 75 but was the last man out when he slashed Sidebottom to sub fielder Richard Pyrah at gully to seal a crushing defeat for the Outlaws.

Sidebottom, 36, has now won the County Championship on four occasions, twice with Notts, and now twice with the county of his birth.

The heavy home defeat means Notts must now battle it out with Warwickshire for the runners-up consolation prize on the final week of fixtures.

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