Rashid Helps Yorkshire Wrap Up Win; Kirby Retires

A round-up of the day’s LV= County Championship news and action on a day when Yorkshire regained their place at the top of the table and county cricket legend Steve Kirby was forced to announce his retirement at the age of 36.

Gillespie: “Nice To Be At The Top”
Yorkshire are back at the top of the LV= County Championship Division One table - where many of their supporters argue they belong - after completing a handsome 220-run win over Middlesex at Scarborough. They now have a five-point advantage over Nottinghamshire and a 16 point one over Somerset with all three teams having four matches to play.

It was Adil Rashid - yes, that rarest of commodities; an England spinner - who wrapped up the win.
He took four for 27 as Middlesex were bowled out for 201 in their pursuit of their unlikely victory target of 422 following Yorkshire’s expected overnight declaration. Seamers Steve Patterson (2-51), Tim Bresnan (1-44) and Jack Brooks (3-30) started the fall of wickets, with the game really over as a contest before Rashid’s intervention.

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie paid tribute to his bowlers and the lessons they learnt from the first innings:

“We asked ourselves the question ‘how are we going to create enough opportunities to take ten wickets?’, ” he said. “We felt that the lessons we learned from the first innings, we could have been a bit fuller. We straightened up our lines and made them hit straight, and I think we got our rewards.

“Steve Patterson was brilliant bowling up the hill and to get Rogers and Stirling off consecutive balls was fantastic. I also thought Rashid bowled beautifully and his pace was the key on that surface. I was a very good win and it is nice to be at the top but there is still a long way to go.

“We knew Rash would could into play later in the game, and the pace he bowled was key. He threw it above the batsman’s eye line and got it to spin off the surface. There was enough in the surface, a bit of rough and uneven bounce. If he had bowled it too quick, it might not have jumped off the surface. If he had bowled it too slow, the batsmen could have nullified that. That’s what I mean by getting the pace just right.”

A second-wicket stand of 52 between Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan had given the visitors hope, but Malan fell to Bresnan for 26, with Patterson then striking with successive deliveries to make it 92 for four. A further partnership of 71 between Eoin Morgan and first innings centurion John Simpson followed before Rashid ran through the lower-order.

Vanquished captain Rogers said, “I tipped Yorkshire early on to win the title and I haven’t changed my mind. They have a bowling attack as good as any in the country and their batters are in good form so that is a good combination.”

Jonathan Trott ended on 62 to build on skipper Varun Chopra’s 81 as Warwickshire made a good start in their reply to Sussex’s 413, closing on 163 for three at Horsham. Sussex’s last three wickets had added 99 runs earlier in the day as Ben Brown (48) and James Tredwell (33) took their overnight eighth-wicket partnership to 71.

Mitchell, McClenaghan And Morris Star For Worcestershire
Derbyshire have moved up to a season-best position of sixth in the Division Two table after completing victory inside seven sessions on the third morning against Glamorgan.

It wasn’t completely plain sailing as they lost three wickets in knocking off the additional 60 runs that they required to make it back-to-back Championship wins following the recent win over Gloucestershire. Michael Hogan, Will Owen and Dean Cosker each struck for the Welsh side, who have now slipped to seventh in the standings.

An intriguing finish is in store at Guildford, with Kent 239 runs ahead of Surrey on 229 for six in their fourth innings.

Surrey began the day by falling two runs short of securing maximum bonus points despite a last-wicket stand of 82 between Stuart Meaker (53) and Matt Dunn, who finished unbeaten with a career-best 31. That had represented something of a salvage effort after Darren Stevens had struck in each of his first two overs this morning.

Kent’s openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Rob Key then extended their side’s 10-run first innings lead to 65 before being parted by Meaker. The former England paceman continued to be Kent’s chief tormentor thereafter, taking four wickets, including those of Key and Brendan Nash for fifties to keep the match evenly poised heading into the final day.

Worcestershire dominated the second day against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham to reaffirm their position as promotion likely lads. Skipper Daryl Mitchell converted his overnight century into and unbeaten 167 as he carried his bat in their first innings effort of 167.

Daryl Mitchell headshot

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell carried his bat at Cheltenham.

The home side’s top-order was then soundly decimated by overseas player Mitchell McClenaghan, on his Pears Championship debut, and Charlie Morris. The New Zealander showed that he is a worthy replacement for bowling kingpin Saeed Ajmal by sending Michael Klinger and Will Tavare packing in his opening spell. Morris then accounted for Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall to make it 15 for four.

A slight wag from the tail, led by Tom Smith with an undefeated 41 from number nine, did haul Gloucestershire up to 156, but they were made to follow-on and lost captain Klinger before stumps to Morris to close 229 runs adrift on 10 for one.

County Legend Kirby Forced To Quit
Former Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and England Lions bowler Steve Kirby has been forced to announce his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect due to a shoulder injury.

Kirby hasn’t played for current county Somerset in first-team cricket this season following surgery on his right shoulder over the winter. He did begin a comeback for the second-team last month, but further aggravated the problem and has now announced he will quit.

“It has come as a real blow to me to have to retire from the game that I have been involved with for the past 20 years of my life,” Kirby said. “It’s been a difficult winter having gone through two operations. Dealing with setbacks is always part of professional sport but sometimes no matter how hard you try to recover, things are just taken out of your control.”

On his future plans he added, “I may be retiring from first-class cricket but I hope to remain involved with the game at some level in a coaching capacity as I would love to be able to give something back to this wonderful game that has been so good to me over the years.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people that have helped me through my career, I would like to mention them by name but there have been so many to whom I am very grateful, and in particular the Somerset supporters who have made me feel so welcome in my time here at the club.”

In all, Kirby took 572 first-class wickets at an average of 28.74 during a 167-match career, as well as adding over 200 wickets in limited-overs cricket. He will be best remembered as a cricketer who gave his all and was loved by many within the game as a result. He earned the nickname ‘Tango’ for his flame-coloured hair which matched his fiery on-field personality.

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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