County Championship: Warwickshire beat Yorkshire to stay in hunt for first title since 2012
Warwickshire up to second in Division One, 3.5 points behind Hampshire, heading into next week's final round; Bears eyeing first title since 2012; Yorkshire cannot win Championship but can still reach Bob Willis Trophy Final; Northants battle to draw with Durham; Leicestershire stun Sussex
Last Updated: 16/09/21 12:01pm
Warwickshire completed a 106-run win over Yorkshire on the final day at Emerald Headingley to maintain their LV= Insurance County Championship title hopes and end their opponents' chances.
The Bears skittled Yorkshire, who were chasing a target of 224, for 117 in 49.3 overs, with seamers Chris Woakes, Liam Norwell and Craig Miles each taking three wickets as Warwickshire moved up to second in Division One and left the hosts down in fifth.
Warwickshire - eyeing a first red-ball title since 2012 - are 3.5 points behind leaders Hampshire heading into next week's final round of fixtures, when they will welcome rock-bottom Somerset to Edgbaston.
County Championship Division One table
Hampshire will play third-placed Lancashire at Liverpool, while fourth-placed Nottinghamshire - the final side in with a shout of the title - will host Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
Yorkshire cannot become county champions but still have a chance of a second-placed finish, which would take them into the Bob Willis Trophy Final later this month against the side that finishes first.
Steven Patterson's side had no answer to Warwickshire's seamers on Wednesday morning having resumed on 50-3 after the third day's play at Headingley was entirely wiped out by rain.
England seamer Woakes (3-26) struck with the third ball of the day, having Gary Ballance caught at slip for 21, as Yorkshire sunk to 50-4 and they were all out 67 runs later in Leeds.
- Lancashire vs Hampshire
- Warwickshire vs Somerset
- Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire
Woakes accounted for Harry Brook (9) to make it 69-5, while Norwell picked up the match-winning wicket when he had last man Ben Coad (2) caught by Warwickshire captain, and former Yorkshire player, Will Rhodes at mid-on.
Another ex-Yorkshire star, all-rounder Tim Bresnan, ended up with six catches in the innings, while he also pinned Dom Bess lbw for four.
James Sales' maiden first-class fifty and a superb battling innings from Simon Kerrigan saw Northamptonshire salvage a thrilling draw against Durham at Wantage Road. Northants vs Durham scorecard
Northants were 129-7 in the second session and still 88 runs from making Durham bat again but Sales (53 off 120) and Kerrigan (28no off 135) then added 68 for the eighth wicket.
Sales and Ben Sanderson (17 off 39) were dismissed later on but Northants carved out a lead and Durham could not find the final wicket as Kerrigan and last man Jack White (3no off 15) held firm.
Northants finished on 230-9 with a lead of 14, while Durham seamer Matty Potts backed up his first-innings 4-42 with second-innings figures of 4-68 for eight wickets in the match.
Elsewhere, leaders Essex were forced to settle for a draw after Hashim Amla led Surrey's rearguard at The Kia Oval. Surrey vs Essex scorecard
Former South Africa batsman Amla made 34 not out from 72 balls in Surrey's second-innings total of 113-2 following on after scoring 84 from 209 in their 161 all out first time around.
Amla and England star Ollie Pope (27no) steered Surrey through to handshakes, which came after Sir Alastair Cook had bowled an over.
Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar ended with 6-43 in Gloucestershire's 10-wicket win over Glamorgan in Cardiff. Glamorgan vs Gloucs scorecard
GLOS WIN!!! 🍾🍾🍾— Gloucestershire Cricket🏏 (@Gloscricket) September 15, 2021
Dent & Hammond take just 9 balls to reach the target of 15 and claim 22 points and a win against Glamorgan 💪
Sensational performance from @iamzafargohar who took 6️⃣/4️⃣3️⃣ after The Shire posted their highest innings total of the season 👏👏#GoGlos 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/p5gK71Z37n
Gohar dismissed Andrew Salter (19), Ruaidhri Smith (4) and Timm van der Gugten (14) on the final morning, while Ryan Higgins removed Dan Douthwaite (14), as Glamorgan were all out for 124 having resumed on 57-6.
That left Gloucestershire requiring 15 to win, a total they reached in nine balls through Miles Hammond (4no) and Chris Dent (11no).
Leicestershire sealed a stunning innings-and-five-run win over Sussex after the visitors collapsed on the final day. Leics vs Sussex scorecard
Leicestershire declared on 492-4 - an innings in which Hassan Azad (152) and Lewis Hill (145) carded big hundreds and Louis Kimber and Harry Swindells hit unbeaten fifties - with a lead of 133.
A draw seemed the likely outcome with the Foxes needing to bowl Sussex out in 48 overs without their leading-wicket taker Chris Wright (hamstring) - but they did it in 45.2 overs as Ben Mike (4-34) and Callum Parkinson (4-18) shared eight scalps at the Uptonsteel County Ground.
An inexperienced Sussex side were 117-3 in the 35th over, only to lose six wickets for 11 runs to suffer a staggering defeat, with Fynn Hudson-Prentice unable to bat after breaking his hand in the first innings.
Leicestershire eventually triumphed with 16 balls to spare - spinner Parkinson taking the final wicket when he had Joe Sarro caught behind by wicketkeeper Hill as Sussex were dismissed for 128.
Division leaders Middlesex recorded a fourth consecutive championship win for the first time in 26 years as Ethan Bamber's four wickets helped clinch a 101-run victory over Worcestershire. Middlesex vs Worcs scorecard
🏏 | MIDDLESEX WIN!!!— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) September 15, 2021
That's it! Bamber has Pennington caught behind and we win by 101 runs here at Lord's.
Today's win completes our fourth Championship victory on the bounce. The last time this happened in a single season was back in 1995.
SCORECARD ⬇️ | #OneMiddlesex
The seamer (4-28) passed 50 wickets for the season as Worcestershire were rolled for 119 chasing 221, with Gareth Roderick (42), Ed Barnard (28) and Joe Leach (11) the only batsmen to make double figures.
Martin Anderson took three wickets for Middlesex, who were bowled out for 247 in their second innings early on the final day, losing their final four wickets for eight runs in 20 balls having resumed on 233-6 - Worcestershire seamer Chris Morris ended with figures of 6-52 at Lord's.
Kent are two points behind Middlesex in second after reeling off a third consecutive victory, this one a 130-run win at Derbyshire.
Sam Billings' side bowled Derbyshire out for 210 after the hosts had been set an unlikely 341 for victory once Kent declared on 211-2, an total in which Zak Crawley (68), Jordan Cox (81) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (51no) hit half-centuries. Derbyshire vs Kent scorecard
Kent seamer Nathan Gilchrist then took 4-30, while Anuj Dal (58no) and Ben Aitchison (36) lessened the margin of Derbyshire's defeat with an eighth-wicket stand of 70 from 102-7.