Toby Roland-Jones sealed a thrilling finale with a hat-trick as Middlesex secured their first County Championship title in 23 years with a nail-biting 61-run victory over Yorkshire, at Lord's.
Roland-Jones bowled Ryan Sidebottom around his legs to finish with 6-54 and 10 wickets in the match, sparking jubilant celebrations for the home side as back-to-back champions Yorkshire were bowled out for 178 in pursuit of 240 in 40 overs.
Middlesex's triumph also came at the expense of Somerset, who needed a draw at Lord's for a first title in their 125-year history but were denied after a spell of declaration bowling in which 120 runs were scored in 8.5 overs gave Yorkshire a shot at glory.
However, there was to be no dream finish for Australian Jason Gillespie at the end of his tenure as head coach at Headingley - with Yorkshire also missing out on the chance to emulate the treble achieved by emulate Brian Close's Champions from 1966, 1967 and 1968
Middlesex began the final day of the season on 81-2, 39 runs in arrears with eight wickets remaining, with Nick Gubbins (93) and Dawid Malan (116) in watchful mode before opening up to forge a match-turning stand of 198.
Both batsmen passed fifty as 55 runs were added in the opening hour of play to put Middlesex back in front and Yorkshire had to wait until six minutes before lunch for their first wicket of the day - Gubbins denied a second century in the match when he spooned a leading edge back to Azeem Rafiq.
Malan sat on 99 not out over lunch but collected the single he required to post his 17th first-class hundred in the first over after the interval, getting there off 203 balls with 11 fours.
The game approached near-stalemate thereafter with Middlesex finding runs tough to come by and with a draw no good for either side's title hopes, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale left the field to negotiate a deal with his opposite number James Franklin.
What followed was farcical to watch as Adam Lyth and Alex Lees served up a variety of slow deliveries that sparked an inevitable boundary glut - Eskinazi the main beneficiary after Malan swung a full bunger to square leg and John Simpson (31 off 10 balls) swung and missed.
As excruciating a passage of play as it was to watch - with dot balls receiving ironic cheers from the crowd and boundaries greeted by silence - it was necessary for Middlesex to set Yorkshire a tempting target.
The contrived nature of the situation was no more highlighted than by the manner in which Franklin chipped a return catch to Lyth in form of recompense.
Yorkshire's chase started with purpose, Lyth putting on 27 with Lees before Roland-Jones arrowed one across him and found the edge.
Lees (20) was undone when he latched onto a shorter ball but could only scoop the ball to Gubbins while Willey, promoted up the order to three, also fell trying to open his shoulders but toe-ended to Eskinazi at mid-on.
At 153-5 Bresnan fell lbw to Roland Jones - the ball clipping the top of middle stump with Yorkshire still needing 87 of 61 balls.
Andrew Hodd walked to the wicket a four-time Championship winner - an achievement eclipsed by last-man Sidebottom with five titles to his name.
But neither could add to their haul as Roland-Jones held sway, removing Rafiq with the final ball of his 11th over before dismissing Hodd and Sidebottom with successive deliveries at the start of his next to end Middlesex's long wait.