LiveRelive Middlesex winning the County Championship

Summary

  1. Middlesex crowned county champions
  2. Toby Roland-Jones seals title with hat-trick
  3. Somerset & Yorkshire miss out
  4. Warwickshire beat Lancs to avoid relegation
  5. Hampshire relegated, Lancs survive

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By Gary Smee

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Down to the wire

Middlesex win first County Championship title since 1993

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I'm not sure we could have asked for a better finish to the County Championship season.

A hat-trick to win the title for Middlesex, three sides still in the race until the final few minutes and a relegation battle which went down to the last day.

You can read Paul Grunill's report on how the drama unfolded at Lord's here.

But this is where I must end the live text I'm afraid. I hope you've enjoyed our coverage this season. 

We'll be back next April - it will come around quickly I'm sure.

Until then, goodbye.

Glum faces at Taunton

Somerset miss out on first County Championship title

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This was the scene at Taunton following the Middlesex victory.

Chris Rogers won't bow out of the game with a trophy. You have to feel for the Somerset lads, it was a cruel way for the season to end.

Reaction: Yorkshire miss out on third straight title

Middlesex beat Yorkshire by 61 runs

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie added to Sky Sports:

"It was very dramatic and it's a testament to county cricket, a great advertisement. 

"The last 25 minutes of the season there was still three sides who could lift that trophy.

"It's been a great summer from that perspective and great entertainment for the people at home and the people watching."

Reaction: Yorkshire miss out on third straight title

Middlesex beat Yorkshire by 61 runs

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie told Sky Sports:

"We're obviously disappointed to lose a game of cricket and not have that opportunity to win the Championship.

"But it was really the only opportunity to chase a target so Gayley and James Franklin got together and set that up and it was just a case of we needed to go out there and score the runs.

"We needed someone to get a significant score - probably an 80 plus and some other contributions if we were going to be anywhere near."

Watch: Toby Roland-Jones hat-trick seals title for Middlesex

Middlesex win title for first time since 1993

Here's the winning moment again. Unbelievable drama at Lord's.

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Middlesex win title for first time since 1993

Middlesex skipper James Franklin added to Sky Sports:

"We've remained unbeaten and that was something we were very proud of going into this game.

"We just wanted to put a good show on. We were on the back foot for pretty much the whole game.

"To finally get over the line is testament to our group of players, our coaching staff, the belief - we just grew from last year and here we are holding the cup.

"It's for everyone here at Middlesex."

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Middlesex win title for first time since 1993

Middlesex captain James Franklin told Sky Sports:

"Coming into the gates this morning, this was as far away as I thought possible.

"I had a look at the cup after warm ups and thought there was a slim chance but to be holding it is unbelievable."

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Middlesex beat Yorkshire by 61 runs

Steven Finn told Sky Sports: “I kept getting asked if I wanted one more over and with the situation of the game it was hard to turn them down. The hero is Toby – that six-for was incredible.

“It was intense. Other than the Test match when we won against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2013, that’s a tense a game as I’ve played in.

“Credit to Yorkshire, who set up the game and went for it all of the way through. It was a good advert for county cricket.”

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Middlesex beat Yorkshire by 61 runs

Toby Roland-Jones told Sky Sports: “The way the day went, it was a bit up and down. I think we set them a pretty good chase. At different stages they looked like they were going well. For it to finish like that is an unbelievable feeling.

“There’s been so much hard work over the past five years. We’ve been on an upward curve and to finish it off like this and finally manage to get there – I’m sure we’ll enjoy it tonight.”

MIDDLESEX ARE COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec beat Yorkshire 390 & 178 by 61 runs

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Toby Roland-Jones finishes with 6-54 and 10 wickets in the match.

Here's some reaction from the 28-year-old...

MIDDLESEX ARE COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec beat Yorkshire 390 & 178 by 61 runs

You have to spare a thought for those supporters in Taunton. 

I'm not sure anyone expected it to end like this.

BreakingMIDDLESEX WIN THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec beat Yorkshire 390 & 178 by 61 runs

THEY'VE DONE IT! Toby Roland-Jones wins Middlesex the County Championship with a hat-trick.

The paceman bowls Ryan Sidebottom round his legs and Lord's erupts. Unbelievable drama.

Hearts in Leeds and Taunton are broken, but you can't argue with the result. Middlesex haven't lost a County Championship match this season.

WICKET Hodd (b Roland-Jones) 17

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 178-9

I do not believe what I am seeing here! 

Toby Roland-Jones nips one back in to Andy Hodd and the stumps go flying.

Roland-Jones has 5-54 and is on a hat-trick after dismissing Azeem Rafiq at the end of his last over.

Middlesex need one wicket to be crowned county champions for the first time since 1993.

WICKET Patterson (b Finn) 2

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 178-8

GONE! Steven Finn fires in a superb yorker which Steven Patterson can't keep out.

Middlesex need two wickets in five overs. Yorkshire surely can't chase down the 62 required now?

Jack Brooks comes to the middle.

BreakingHAMPSHIRE RELEGATED FROM DIVISION ONE

Durham 361 & 297-4 beat Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec by six wickets

Durham have beaten Hampshire by six wicket at the Ageas Bowl sending Hampshire into Division Two. 

It means Lancashire survive. There will be more on this on the BBC Cricket website shortly.

Now back to the drama at Lord's...

WICKET Rafiq (c Simpson b Roland-Jones) 4

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 174-7

I'm not sure I can take much more of this. Azeem Rafiq whacks one high into the air off Toby Roland-Jones and wicketkeeper John Simpson takes the simplest of catches.

Six overs left. Yorkshire need 66. Middlesex three wickets. Somerset need a draw. Where's your money?

Taunton eyes on Lord's

The agony...

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And the ecstasy...

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Yorkshire need 68 off 42 balls - Middlesex 4 wickets

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 172-6

12 runs come off the over! Andy Hodd and Azeem Rafiq pick up three twos and a couple of singles, before wicketkeeper Hodd nicks Steven Finn down to the third-man boundary.

Great over for Yorkshire.

Yorkshire need 80 off 48 balls - Middlesex 4 wickets

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 160-6

The problem for Yorkshire is possibly the batting left. Steven Patterson, Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom are the batsmen to come.

They need to keep swinging. Tense? Sweaty palms? You bet ya.

WICKET Gale (b Roland-Jones) 22

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 160-6

Middlesex are definitely still in with a chance of winning this! Andrew Gale tries to slog Toby Roland-Jones into the leg side but misses and the ball clips the bails.

8.1 overs left. Yorkshire need 80 runs, Middlesex four wickets. Azeem Rafiq is the new man in.

Yorkshire need 83 off 54 balls

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 154-5

Scoring is going to be so, so difficult for Yorkshire now - especially with Steven Finn absolutely steaming in.

The Middlesex man concedes just four off the over.

WICKET Bresnan (lbw b Roland-Jones) 55

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 153-5

That is absolutely massive for Middlesex. Potentially even bigger for Somerset.

Tim Bresnan tries to pull Toby Roland-Jones but the ball strikes his pad and up goes the finger.

Andy Hodd is the new batsman. Yorkshire need 87 off the last 10 overs.

50 for Tim Bresnan

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 147-4

Steven Finn looks like he wants to throttle someone. He's furious.

Andrew Gale pulls him away to the ropes before a vicious inswinger comes off his pad and through the keeper for four.

Tim Bresnan finishes the over with a single to bring up his fifty off 44 balls. What a match he's having.

Yorkshire need 93 off 66 balls.

Tense at Taunton

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This is the scene at Taunton, where Somerset players and fans are watching events at Lord's unfold on a television screen.

I can hear the fingernails being bitten from here.

Yorkshire require 103 off 72 balls

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 137-4

It's another wonderful over from Toby Roland-Jones. The paceman concedes just four singles.

This is going to go down to the wire isn't it?

Yorkshire need 107 in 13 overs

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 133-4

Super shot from Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale. The Dewsbury-born batsman creams Steven Finn through point for four.

Finn is fired up though and comes back with a couple of brutish deliveries. Six off the over.

Yorkshire require 113 off 84 balls

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 123-4

That's just brute strength from Tim Bresnan. He leans back and swats Toby Roland-Jones over mid-wicket for four.

Bresnan is up to 46. Can he be the hero once again for Yorkshire?

CLOSE!

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 119-4

How unlucky is that for Steven Finn? The England paceman finds the edge of Andrew Gale but the ball flies through the wicketkeeper and first slip and down to the boundary.

Yorkshire need 121 off 15 overs.

Stoneman gone at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 237-2

Mark Stoneman is out at Hampshire, caught by Tom Alsop off Liam Dawson for 137.

It's too little too late for Hampshire to avoid relegation though. Durham need 59 off 12.4 overs. A draw would also send Hants down.

Dropped catch

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 113-4

Almost another. Tim Brensan reverse sweeps Ollie Rayner but gets a top edge towards Dawid Malan who spills a low chance.

To make matters worse Bresnan then launches the spinner for a six and a four.

Yorkshire need 127 off 16 overs.

WICKET Ballance (c Robson b Finn) 30

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 98-4

Another twist in this dramatic final day at Lord's. Gary Ballance has a huge mow at Steven Finn but can only send it high into the blue London sky.

Sam Robson composes himself and takes the catch at mid-on. The game is slipping away from Yorkshire - Middlesex still have hope.

Yorkshire need 144 off 108 balls

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 96-3

It's another over without any boundaries for Yorkshire. Ollie Rayner concedes just two singles and a two.

Great stuff from the tall spinner.

Tension building at Lord's

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 87-3

My goodness this is going to be close. Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan are having a go at most deliveries, but Steven Finn is bowling such a tight line.

Five come off the 21st over. Yorkshire need 148 off 19 overs. Or if you're a Middlesex fan, seven wickets required.

Meanwhile in Division Two, champions Essex have finished their season with a draw at second-placed Kent - skipper Sam Northeast finishing a fine season with an unbeaten 178.

Ballance sweeps for six

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 87-3

That's huge from England man Gary Ballance. The left-hander gets down on one knee and smacks Ollie Rayner deep into the stand over mid-wicket.

It's a better over for Yorkshire - eight come from it. Up with the required run-rate.

So now we have a Twenty20 game. 153 required!

Yorkshire need 161 off 126 balls

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 79-3

Yorkshire just can't find the boundary with enough regularity. Steven Finn bowls another fiery set of six and just five come off it.

The run-rate is heading up towards eight an over.

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Benny P: This is unbelievably tense watching every ball on a train to Brighton! Somerset deserve this over the 16 matches! 

Duncan Russell: We're not getting these, so do what we would do if it were the 1st game of the season and bat out, rather see Somerset champs 

Maximum for Bresnan

Middlesex 270 & 359-6 dec v Yorkshire 390 & 70-3

That was Viv Richards-esque from Tim Bresnan. 

He simply flicks Steven Finn over square leg for six. Terrific timing. 

Yorkshire need plenty more of those though.

100 for Mark Stoneman

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 195-1

Down at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire look certain to go down from Division One now.

But it's a great sign off from Durham opener Mark Stoneman. In his last game for the county, the 29-year-old reaches three figures. Scott Borthwick, who will join him at Surrey, also has an unbeaten half-century.

Durham need 101 to win off 18 overs.

TON UP! @mark23stone raises his bat for one last time as a Durham man, taking four to move to three figures off 171 balls; 17x4s 🙌🏻 #HAMvDUR