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Middx seal County title on day of drama

AAP logoAAP 23/09/2016

Toby Roland-Jones finished the match with a hat-trick as Middlesex pulled off their first county championship title in 23 years in a thrilling 61-run victory over Yorkshire at Lord's.

The Londoners had to hold their nerve to clinch the Division One title, as back-to-back champions Yorkshire were bowled out for 178 in pursuit of 240 in 40 overs.

Roland Jones finished with 10 wickets in the match, and took the final one when he bowled number 11 Ryan Sidebottom round his legs.

Middlesex's triumph came amid much disquiet in the west country, where Somerset needed a draw at HQ for a first title in their 125-year history and were seething over the declaration bowling which set up Yorkshire's target.

But at Lord's, the home cheers drowned out any qualms being voiced 150 miles away in Taunton.

Roland-Jones told Sky Sports 1 following the win: "It's an unbelievable feeling.

"I think we set them a pretty good chase, at different stages they looked like they were going well and to finish like that, yeah an unbelievable feeling.

"We've played Twenty20s in front of a packed house here but it was pretty special here today. I'm sure that will remain long in the memory."

He added: "There's been so much hard work that's gone in over the last five years, barring one dip we should have been on an upward curve, so to finish it off like this...I'm sure we'll enjoy it tonight."

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