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Martin Moxon lauds his Yorkshire side as they secure runners-up berth in County Championship
Martyn Moxon praised Yorkshire’s spirit as they shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on the title to complete a convincing victory over Middlesex and seal the runners-up spot.
Yorkshire’s director of cricket was delighted with the way they secured an 80-run victory in their final Headingley match of the summer to oust their opponents and seal the £235,000 prize for second place.
Dismissed for 194 before lunch despite Gary Ballance’s brilliant 90, Yorkshire responded by bowling out Middlesex for 196 in 49.5 overs after they were set an unlikely victory target of 277.
The Tykes needed only to avoid defeat to clinch second place, but it was still an impressive display, with Steve Patterson taking his tally for the summer to 45 Championship wickets by claiming 3-50 while Jack Brooks wrapped up the tail with 4-33, including two wickets in three balls.
“This win is pleasing because it shows the character of the team even though they were bitterly disappointed,” said Moxon.
“It was a stop-start game with a lot of time lost and to remain focussed and come up with a result is a credit to them.
“The important thing now is we continue to develop and improve. We can’t rest on our laurels and I don’t want us to be regressing. We have to progress from this position.”
Resuming the final morning on 130-5, leading by 212 runs, Yorkshire were grateful to Ballance for guiding them into a match-winning lead with a typically aggressive innings.
While other batsmen struggled on a wicket suited to swing and seam, he hit 11 fours in his 113-ball innings and will have done his hopes of securing a place on England’s Ashes tour no harm in front of watching selector James Whitaker.
Ballance was ninth out, clipping young seamer Tom Helm to long leg, and the value of his innings quickly became apparent when Middlesex lost prolific opener Sam Robson in the fourth over of their reply when he edged Patterson to second slip.
Middlesex, if they were to pull off a shock victory, needed Chris Rogers, their Australian captain, to score the bulk of the runs and, aided by two slices of good fortune, he was on course to lead his side to a surprise triumph.
Rogers was given his first reprieve on 28 when he edged Ryan Sidebottom behind only for umpire Nigel Llong to rule a no-ball, and he was then dropped by Adam Lyth at second slip off Liam Plunkett on 61.
However, he added only four more runs before he was finally out, adjudged to have been caught behind off Plunkett trying to force him off the back foot. It was not a decision Rogers accepted in good grace and he appeared to stand in his crease questioning it for several seconds before reluctantly departing.
His demise sparked a collapse of six wickets for 62 runs in 19 overs with Yorkshire completing their seventh win of the season shortly after tea.
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