Ryan Sidebottom propels Yorkshire to consecutive championship title

Ryan Sidebottom propels Yorkshire to consecutive championship title
Ryan Sidebottom, bowled a fantastic spell in the LV=County Championship match against Middlesex at Lord’s on Wednesday, to help Yorkshire retain their Division One title.
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Former England fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom bowled a fantastic spell against Middlesex at Lord’s on Wednesday to help Yorkshire retain the LV=County Championship Division One title.

Paul Stirling, Nick Compton and Dawid Malan were dismissed by Sidebottom in the very first over of the match, giving Yorkshire a perfect start.

Sidebottom went on to take a five-wicket haul and also went past 700 first-class wickets as Middlesex were bowled out for just 106 runs in 33 overs.

Nottinghamshire, the only team that still had a chance of beating Yorkshire, were bowled out for 204 runs on day one of their game against Durham at Trent Bridge, assuring Yorkshire of their second consecutive title.

Nottinghamshire needed at least five batting points to challenge Yorkshire for the title but their collapse with the bat meant that they managed only to get one point.

Lauding Sidebottom for a phenomenal spell, Director of Professional Cricket for Yorkshire Martyn Moxon stated that the 37-year-old has lot of cricket left in him.

"That first over epitomised what Ryan is all about and to get his 700th wicket as well, he's been a fantastic bowler over the years and there's still a lot of life left in him,” Moxon told BBC.

After skittling Middlesex, Yorkshire managed to reach 238 for nine by the end of the day’s play, with captain Andrew Gale leading the way with a well-composed 98.

Notwithstanding the 32nd title win, Moxon urged Yorkshire to win the game to make it 10 wins out of 14 matches this year.

Moxon also felt that the current Yorkshire side have a great chance to go past great achievements of other great Yorkshire teams.

"We want victory here, for a start.

"But if we are to surpass the great Yorkshire sides of the past we have to win a few more Championships yet, although it's great we now have a chance to leave that sort of legacy." 

England’s Test squads this summer included key Yorkshire players Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth with Adil Rashid also in the Test squad but not playing in the Ashes.

Rashid and Liam Plunkett have played limited overs cricket for England this summer.

Moxon was delighted with the fact that Yorkshire managed to retain the title despite the absence of players due to national duty.

"We played brilliantly to win last year, don't get me wrong, but it's been a real squad effort this season.

“It's been frustrating at times losing so many players to England but we knew going into the season that this would probably happen so we have prepared for that.

“Credit to all our support staff, too, for what they have done.” 

With two more games left to be played, Yorkshire are comfortably placed at the top of the table with 244 points - a 46-point lead over second-placed Middlesex.

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