County cricket: Surrey beat Yorkshire to win title, Kent defeat Hampshire – live

A half-hearted ”Sur-rey, Sur-rey” comes from the corner as Rory Burns cracks Tattersall to the boundary, drops his bat, pulls off his helmet and hugs Patel hugely. Tattersall kicks the air and Burns and Patel are given a standing ovation off the pitch by the crowd, and Yorkshire.

Stumps at Grace Road, some succour for Leicestershire (13-4). Which leaves just two games in play: Derbyshire blocking against Glamorgan (113-3, 184 behind); and Somerset building up a substantial lead at Taunton – Lammonby and Abell both in the eighties. I’m going to leave you for now to write up the day – but do please chunter on BTL.

Fresh from defeat against Gloucestershire, Paul Farbrace, Warwickshire’s outgoing head of sport said:

“We gave it a really good go and, although things didn’t work out the way we would have liked, that’s all you can really ask. We have no divine right to win any game and this one kind of summed up our season. These games are hard, because there has to be a loser and, today, it was us. Had we ended that partnership (between Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren) a little sooner, it might have been our day. But it just proved beyond us, and we didn’t get the rub of the green at times. Momentum plays a part in things, and you sometimes have sessions like we had the night before that you cannot recover from. It’s disappointing not to have put that killer punch on them, but we’ve shown fight and that’s something.”

But Division Two beckons, unless they can pull something out of the bag against Hampshire next week.

TRJ heeding no call to be merciful. He currently has three for six as Leicestershire drop to ball, 13-4. And they are saved by bad light.

Who will want to play regional festival cricket in August against Leicestershire? “The Midlands merry-go-round” . They’re already fluffing their lines this evening, currently 6-2 chasing another 269. Be merciful Murtagh and Roland-Jones.

Middlesex have taken 2️⃣ early wickets against Leicestershire 💪

That includes this beauty from Toby Roland-Jones 👇#LVCountyChamp pic.twitter.com/6z8n7wEpj4

— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) September 22, 2022

Resurrected Kent, fresh from victory against Hampshire, have a 14-point buffer.

Next week’s big Div 1 games: Kent v Somerset, Warwicks v Hants, Yorks v Gloucs.

Gloucestershire’s win gives Yorkshire a 15-point cushion over the bottom 2 (Gloucs and Warwicks). They should be safe.

That Surrey win in figures: their first win since 2018, their 20th in all, their second under captain Rory Burns, their first under head coach Gareth Batty, 22 players used, 11 home-grown, their youngest player 19 (Tom Lawes), with 12 batters averaging over 40 and five bowlers averaging under 25.

Middlesex duly slip-slide from 209-3 to 271 all out. Roland-Jones last man out to give Ahmed his third wicket. Leicestershire need 275 runs (less than their first-innings) to win their first game for (starts flicking through telephone directory)…. some time.

Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 and 149-7 BEAT Warwickshire 274 and 128 by three wickets.

Zafar and bowling hero Tom Price bring it home! Gloucestershire’s first Division One win for 17 years!

Can Derby hold out for three and a bit sessions agains the mighty Glamorgan? They still trail by 241 – Reece and Guest back in the hutch.

Middlesex losing to Leicestershire wasn’t on my bingo card. Middx lead 268 with one wicket left. Parkinson 4-67.

The Yorkies are looking on shaky ground if Warwickshire snatch this from the Gloucesters.

I went to get a chocolate brownie, got slightly derailed and now GLoucestershire are seven down Ten needed Four for Yadav. Not convinced by that Gloucestershire tail

While the groundsmen push tiny little mowers up and down the square and a group of skinny young lads nail down the groundsheet at The Oval for another year.

They’ve drawn the curtains for the day on Durham v Sussex, 14 balls bowled, one wicket , then rain.

DIVISION ONE

Chelmsford: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 by 38 runs

Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 and 125-4 v Warwickshire 274 and 128 Gloucs need 23 to win

The Rose Bowl: Kent 165 and 269 BEAT Hampshire 57 and 300 by 77 runs.

Taunton: Somerset 389 and 118-1 v Northants 265

The Oval: Surrey 333 and 55-0 BEAT Yorkshire 179 and 208 by ten wickets

DIVISION TWO

The Riverside: Durham 459-7dec v Sussex 162 and 9-4 Rain

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 550-5dec v Derbyshire 253 and 26-1

Grace Road: Leicestershire 294 v Middlesex 297 and 253-6

New Road: Worcestershire 390 BEAT Nottinghamshire 128 and 183 by an innings and 79 runs

Anyway, tea round the grounds where Gloucestershire are nearly home. Scores to follow.

That John Stephenson quote in full:

“I’ve spoken to the members, we had a forum the other day so they’ve been consulted, I’ve spoken to the board. As it currently stands we would not vote in favour of any reduction in the Champ, any reduction in red ball cricket, and we wouldn’t vote in favour of any reduction in home T20s.”

“My job is to protect the interests of Essex CCC and its members and going back to the original reason for this review was to improve the performance of our team. There are obv different opinions on all of this and you could have a huge debate on what makes a better player.

In my opinion reducing the amount of cricket is not the way to produce better cricketers and certainly from an Essex point of view we wouldn’t like to see any reduction in the amount of champ cricket. We like hosting seven matches a year, the members enjoy red ball cricket and as a former player I wouldn’t have enjoyed the prospect of playing less red ball cricket, I wouldn’t neccesarily [think] it makes me a better rb player. I think you can pick a lot of holes in, cert when it comes to structural stuff and the schedule. 2023 will have the same schedule which I’m pleased with. Knowing with certainty what 2023 is going to look like is reassuring. 2024 there’s going to be a long period of debate and consultation on that and we’ll see what happens.

“I don’t think the club are in a position to vote for any reduction in home t20 cricket. that’s our lifeblood, that’s what brings in the revenue to the club and not only that, it’s something that the members love to come and watch and not just the members, the general public of Essex come to Chelmsford for those t20 matches and it’s an amazing spectacle, it’s great for the community, it’s great for Chelmsford to have us here hosting t20 cricket at the county ground and I would be v much opposed to reducing that to five home matches.”

“ 2023 will remain the same so during the Hundred comp next year the 50-over comp will be played, hopefully we’ll have four home matches as we had this year which was a triumph really, we had 3,000 people here for every game, good weather, good pitches. We had a lot of players absent for the Hundred but it gave us a great opportunity to play a younger team and we saw some great talent and the players loved it.”

“Looking to 2024, I think we have to start from the basis that we cannot play championship cricket during the Hundred, we can’t put the integrity of that competition in danger by playing a lesser red ball comp during the hundred. So I’d hope that the ECB view the 50-over comp blooding young players as a high performance bonus.”

Ollie Pope on Surrey, “I’d do anything for this club, when they asked if I wanted to play it was a no-brainer.”

“I personally think it would be too short for the required integrity of the County Championship.”

Gareth Batty on the HPR: ““I hope we’re doing it for the greater good of the game not to keep celebrity cricket alive”

And on what it would be like to win a six team Division One, ‘IT would diminish the emotion.”

A fantastic turn out on a Thursday afternoon to applaud the players round the ground. And the sun is shining. Last time Surrey won the title Colin Graves refused to award Surrey the trophy after a huge row in the committee room – happy days.

A very happy Gareth Batty is chatting “having Rory back in the helm was gold” “Worrall is the best signing in county cricket ever.”

England boys – “they wanted to play at Northants, it speaks volumes about what it means to the group.”

“Don’t dismiss Will Jacks.”

And Middlesex

Ah that’s cute – Surrey embark on a lap of honour around The Oval, beers in hand.

Kent and now Essex to say no to the HPR:

BBC report: Essex chief executive and interim chair John Stephenson told BBC Essex that as it currently stands, the club would not vote in favour of any reduction in the Championship.

— Huw Turbervill (@huwzat) September 22, 2022

At The Oval, Steve Elworthy comes over in his smart jacket and shakes hands with the groundstaff, who carry on the business of sweeping and mowing and collecting the boundary rope.

A half-hearted ”Sur-rey, Sur-rey” comes from the corner as Rory Burns cracks Tattersall to the boundary, drops his bat, pulls off his helmet and hugs Patel hugely. Tattersall kicks the air and Burns and Patel are given a standing ovation off the pitch by the crowd, and Yorkshire.

A Tattersall moon ball represents Yorkshire’s mood.

Surrey slappage.

Surrey off to a flyer: 16 off the first over from Ben Coad.

Kent 165 and 269 BEAT Hampshire 57 and 300 by 77 runs. Fuller stranded, Abbas the last man gone for eight. Hampshire say goodbye to yet another Championship

Gilchrist 4-60; Vince 73; Fuller 73 not out.

Nathan Gilchrist celebrates after taking the final wicket of Mohammad Abbas

Rory Burns picks up four off the first ball and Surrey are on their way to the Championship.

Somerset batting again, Lammonby and Imam making sure progress. And that’s Yorkshire done – Patterson bowled for one. Four for Worrall, two for Overton, two for Roach.

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