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County Championship: Surrey beat Worcestershire to win Division One title
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County Championship: Surrey beat Worcestershire to win Division One title

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Blackfinch New Road (day four):
Worcestershire 336 & 203: Fell 89; Morkel 5-24, Virdi 3-73
Surrey 268 & 274-7: Burns 66, Stoneman 59, Pope 49; Pennington 3-41
Surrey (21 pts) beat Worcestershire (6 pts) by three wickets

Surrey have won the County Championship for the first time since 2002 after beating Worcestershire by three wickets.

Led by 66 from captain Rory Burns, the top run-scorer in domestic first-class cricket, Surrey chased 272 to seal the title with two games still to play.

The England hopeful shared 111 with Mark Stoneman (59) for the first wicket to put them in command at New Road.

Worcestershire, bottom of Division One, fought back with three wickets before lunch but Ollie Pope’s 49 helped the visitors home.

Morne Morkel hit the winning runs, after Pope was bowled by Dillon Pennington with 32 still required, to end their 16-year wait for a Championship crown.

Alec Stewart’s side have won 10 and drawn two of their 12 Division One matches so far and remain on course to finish the season unbeaten.

But, while the Surrey players and staff celebrated, Worcestershire were left to rue their own predicament, with the Pears now 20 points from safety with only two games left to play.

They had held a 68-run first-innings advantage over their visitors and, at 157-3 and then 260-7 in the second innings, were still in with a slight chance of causing an upset.

However, veteran Rikki Clarke struck a composed unbeaten 18 before Morkel guided a short Pennington delivery to fine leg for four to complete the chase.

More to follow.

Source BBC News

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