25 YEARS IN THE WAITING
After all but confirming their championship status yesterday with victory over Warwickshire, Essex were today officially crowned champions. It’s their first Division One title in 25 years and what makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact they’ve gone back-to-back following their success in Division Two last year.
SOMERSET STEAL THE DAY
Somerset claimed one of the biggest upsets of the season with a commanding victory over Lancashire. Going into day four the damage was already done for Lancs, they only had one wicket remaining and a slender lead of 35. Craig Overton claimed the final wicket before Somerset, not without the scare of losing three wickets, were victorious for the first time this season at Taunton.
A BATTLE ROYALE FOR SURVIVAL
A difficult week for Middlesex was compounded by the fact they are now firmly entrenched in a relegation battle. Somerset’s victory sees them move above the 2016 Champions and out of the relegation zone. Middlesex's misery was further compounded by Yorkshire’s ability to leave the Kia Oval with a draw. Only one point separates the three teams.
MATCH DRAWN - the players are shaking hands with the rain falling at Uxbridge and #TeamMiddlesex take 9pts with Hants claiming 8.— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) September 15, 2017
A NEW ROAD TO PROMOTION
Worcestershire didn’t need a second invitation to move above Nottinghamshire and into top spot in Division Two. Opponents Leicestershire started the day on 111/7 and valiantly put on another 109 runs before they were eventually skittled. Worcester breezed home but not without the loss of four wickets, Callum Parkinson picking up two, which gave him match figures of 10 for 185.
WE'VE DONE IT - Worcs win by six wickets on the brink of tea— Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) September 15, 2017
A SOUTH AFRICAN STAR SHINES BRIGHT
Hardus Viljoean was the star of the show for Derbyshire as they claimed a dramatic victory away to Sussex. Viljoean looked on-course to take all ten wickets at one point but Harry Podmore secured victory for visitors, claiming the final two wickets. The 28-year-old South African finished the match with a grand total of 15 wickets and all but condemned Sussex to another season in Division Two.