Yorkshire sealed the County Championship crown this afternoon, after completing an emphatic innings victory over title rivals Nottinghamshire.
Inspired by a first-innings century from Adam Lyth, plus big innings from England pair Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan in their 532-9 declared, Joe Root’s Yorkshire then dismissed second-placed Notts for 203 and 177 at Trent Bridge, to win by an innings and 152 runs.
Yorkshire last won the title in 2001, and they needed five wickets this morning to do it again. They took just 66 minutes to complete the job.
Sheffield’s Root, captaining the side in Andrew Gale’s absence, said: “There was a lot of pressure on us going into this game, and we’ve played well all season so it’s well deserved.
“To go out there under so much pressure and beat Notts like that, is unbelievable.
“There’s a lot of talent in that dressing room, and we’ve all grown up together which makes it all the more special.
“It’s always nice to play for Yorkshire, and this just tops off a great year.”
Ryan Sidebottom, who picked up nine wickets in the game and dismissed James Taylor to seal the win, said: “It’s a special moment for the lads and everyone involved with the club.
“I’ve got a good new-ball partnership with Jack Brooks - I don’t know whose hair is worse, to be honest - but we’re bowling well together as a unit. Adil Rashid has had a great year and we bowl well as a unit.
“I think I’ve got three or four years left in me yet, the lads keep me young and I love coming to work every day.”
Sidebottom was part of the Yorkshire side who won the title back in 2001, before winning two Championships with Notts, and he added: “This could be the part of a golden era. There’s some great work behind the scenes with Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon, a lot of young talented players and I think we can go from strength to strength now.”