County Cricket Round-Up: 27th September
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Sussex failed to seal the title at the first attempt as they went down by 49 runs to Worcestershire. The reigning champions were bowled out for 165 in reply to Worcestershire's 214 for six. Top score in the match was Moeen Ali's 51 for the home side as Gareth Batty and Ian Fisher bade farewell to New Road with three wickets apiece and Steve Davies' farewell saw him make 33 in 22 balls.
However, Sussex were crowned champions as Somerset were unable to defend 242 to beat Somerset. Zander de Bruyn hit 55 as Somerset made 242 for seven before a half-century from Gordon Muchall helped Durham clinch the win in the final over, much to the delight of the Sussex team who were watching on at New Road.
Nottinghamshire were shot out for just 57 by Gloucestershire as they finished their season with a crushing loss. Akhil Patel made 41 but no other batsman could reach double figures as Anthony Ireland and David Payne picked up three wickets to Gemal Hussain and Jon Lewis's two. Gloucestershire eased to their target in just 7.3 overs.
Essex beat Yorkshire by seven wickets in the battle between last season's promoted sides. Joe Root scored 63 for Yorkshire as they made 187 for seven, a total which Essex reached with six and a half overs to spare, Mark Pettini scoring an unbeaten 101.
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Warwickshire clinched the Division Two title with a last-ball victory over Lancashire at Old Trafford. After Lancashire were bowled out for 166 in 39.5 overs, Keith Barker taking three for 23, Warwickshire just about did enough to win, Jonathan Trott leading the way with 86 from the top of the order and Rikki Clarke (13 not out) guiding them home at the death.
Kent's season has fallen away since they clinched promotion to the LV County Championship Division One and they were thumped by 99 runs by Northamptonshire. The Steelbacks scored 244, Niall O'Brien and Rob White scored half-centuries before Kent were bowled out for 145, David Lucas finishing a fine week with four for 28.
Glamorgan beat Derbyshire, 69 not out from Tom Maynard guiding them past their target of 215 with five wickets and seven balls to spare, James Allenby also making 60.
Surrey ended their season with a win, beating Leicestershire by four wickets. James Taylor was unbeaten on 83 as Leicestershire reached 225 for four and Surrey reached 228 for six thanks to Matthew Spriegel making 81 not out and Tom Smith 65.
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