Captain Rory Burns reached the winning line to give Surrey a 22 point win.© Twitter
Surrey defeated Yorkshire by 10 wickets in three days at the Oval on Thursday to win their second County Championship title in five years. Yorkshire, who followed in the four-day game, was sacked for 208 – after making 179 in response to Surrey’s 333 in the first innings – with Australian pacer Daniel Worrall taking 4-61. As a result, Surrey needed just 55 runs to win, knowing that second-seeded Hampshire had already lost to Kent at Southampton.
Surrey captain Rory Burns, who was thrown out by England as the first batter, reached the winning line to give Surrey a 22-point win, leaving them an unassailable 27-point lead over neighbors Hampshire with just one round left to play.
Surrey’s eighth win out of 13 games this season meant they remained the only province in the two divisions of the championship to lose this season.
Their 21st title came when their South London headquarters were renamed the Micky Stewart Oval in honor of their 90-year-old former captain and manager, the skipper of their 1971 Championship-winning team.
For Hampshire, the defeat at home to Kent extended the south coast club’s 49-year wait for a third championship title and denied them a double after their Twenty20 Blast triumph in July.
Hampshire have won nine Championship games from Surrey’s eight, but a third loss was nearly sealed when they were sent off for just 57 by Kent to concede a 108-run deficit in the first innings.
Fifties Joe Weatherley, Captain James Vince and James Fuller kept Hampshire on the hunt to chase a 378 target.
But hopes of adding to their 1961 and 1973 titles were dashed when they were fired for 300, with towering sailor Nathan Gilchrist taking 4-60.
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