Yorkshire win to seal runners-up spot

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Yorkshire clinched second place in Division One of the County Championship with victory over Middlesex by 80 runs in their last home game of the season at Headingley.

Only Australia opener Chris Rogers offered any real resistance as Middlesex chased a 277 target in a minimum of 75 overs but once he had departed for 65, a Yorkshire win appeared inevitable and the visitors were all out for 196 in 49.5 overs.

It was Yorkshire’s seventh win of the campaign and skipper Andrew Gale and his team applauded the spectators who gave them a standing ovation.

Three overs into the afternoon session, Joe Denly had his off-stump removed by Ryan Sidebottom to bring the bowler his 50th first class victim of the summer. The match ended with Ollie Rayner driving Jack Brooks gently to Steven Patterson at mid-off to bring the bowler his fourth wicket.

Gary Ballance, 53 not out overnight, had batted beautifully until he departed for 90, just 10 runs short of completing 1,000 Championship runs for the season.